Engaged (Part 8) Learning to engage with people like Jesus Neglected No More! (Mark 10:46-52)
Theme: Jesus never overlooks the neglected
Introduction: Someone once said, “You can measure what you are willing to do for the Lord by what are already doing.” Sometimes busy isn’t better, it’s just busy. In our text we will see some people who seem to be busy with the Lord. They are busy and on a mission. They are traveling with Jesus from a place called Perea to Jericho and on to Jerusalem. We are nearing the last days of Jesus earthly life and ministry. Notice the crowd, they are walking with the Lord. They are going in the same direction as our Lord. But, they are neglecting the work of the Lord. Here is a great multitude of people walking with Jesus. They have heard Him preach and teach. They have witnessed His many miracles. You would think they would be just looking for an opportunity to join Him in His work (after all the claim to believe in Him). But, when a begging blind man cries out for Jesus to show him mercy, no one brings this man to Jesus! Not one in the crowd helps him up or guides him to Jesus! Instead, the tell him to be quiet. In fact they don’t just tell him, they sternly tell him so they can continue on their way!
In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. As we are entering a very busy time of year, we cannot forget to be sensitive to where God is working in the lives around us. We need to learn to engage with people like Jesus did so that we do onto neglect the work of the Lord as these did. Notice what Jesus encounter with this blind man teaches us.
Conclusion: During this time of year it is easy to get busy and distracted from what the Lord may be doing around us. Jesus had an agenda and a time frame too, but He was never too busy to minister to individuals who were in need.
What did we learn from Jesus?
- Jesus business involves taking the time to reach out to the lost.
- We can be walking with Jesus but not working with Jesus if we’re not careful.
- When we walk with Jesus, we need to look and listen to see where He is working and be quick to join Him there.
We are most like Jesus when we are working where He is working.
Engaged (Part 7) Learning to engage with people like Jesus The Poor Rich Kid (Mark 10:17)
Theme: How Jesus deals with the people who have everything
Introduction: What do you get the person who has everything? Not much. They seem have no needs. And, they seem to be able to get what they desire. However, it has been my experience that sometimes the really good and well off, have it really bad. I say this not to poke fun or make light of a otherwise very serious situation. But, rather I say this because the better off you think you are the harder it is for you to see your needs. This was the case with a well to do man that Jesus met one day. Many make the mistake this man made, they are trying to secure some future home and life with God in heaven. But, the Bible tells us eternal life begins here and now for all those who by faith trust in Jesus for their eternal salvation and accept God’s rule now over their earthly life. (So, eternal life is a present possession). But, notice what the problem was here.
What did we learn from Jesus?
- We should know and understand, not everyone who claims they want eternal life is willing to do what it takes to receive it.
- Jesus does not try to accommodate the selfish desires of this man But, He confronts the superficial reality of the man’s true self-centered intentions.
- Jesus always presents truth even when it is not pleasant, but needed and even if it is not accepted.
Engaged (Part 6) The Questioning Lawyer (Luke 10:25)
Theme: Jesus never fears our questions
Introduction: This parable we are about to read is probably one of the best known parables of the Bible. Though it is only found here in Luke’s gospel. However, as popular as it is, it is also probably one of the most misunderstood parables in the Bible as well. After all, everyone knows what it means to be a good Samaritan don’t they? It is to be “A charitable or helpful person.” But, to interpret the parable of the good Samaritan as just a lesson in showing charity and concern for those less fortunate than us would be to miss the whole point of the story and passage! In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. Today, we see Jesus meets a questioning lawyer who wanted to trap Jesus with a question over the law. How many of you have heard, “Never ask a question that you don’t want to hear the answer to.”? Well, that’s what this guy does…
What did we learn from Jesus:
- Arguing religion is useless. We need to show people their desperate need for Jesus.
- You can’t share the good news, until people are willing to see their own bad news.
- Living the Christian life has nothing to do with being religious and everything to do with having a personal relationship with the Lord.
- We are most like Jesus when He is first living in us, so that He can then live through us.
Engaged (Part 5) The Blind Man Who Saw (Jn. 9:25)
Theme: Jesus brings healing
Introduction: The prophet Isaiah predicted that in messianic times various signs would occur. One of which would be, the Messiah would “open eyes that are blind” (Isa 42:7; cf. Isa 29:18; 35:5). Jesus often healed the blind (cf. Matt 9:27-31; 12:22-23; 15:30; 20:29-34; 21:14). But, this miracle in John nine is notable for at least two reasons. The first is because Jesus had just proclaimed Himself as “the Light of the world” (8:12). And then, as a public demonstration of His claim, He gave sight to a man born blind. And, the second is because John commits an entire chapter to this event which shows its importance. In the event in our text today, we’ll see Jesus interacting with three different sets of people. Someone once said, “To treat everyone the same is the most unfair thing you can do.” The reason it is so unfair is because, not everyone is the same.” In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. And we will see Jesus adopted this idea as He deals with three different groups and treats each one differently.
What have we learned from Jesus:
- Instead of looking at what’s wrong with people, spiritual maturity looks and thinks about the difference Jesus can make in their lives and takes the time to reach out.
- Take time to connect with people one on one. Realize, (80-90%) of our biggest impact will be done at this level.
- You can represent and present the truth, to people. But, you can’t make people believe it or receive it (nor is that your job.)
- We are most like Jesus when we are reflecting His light into the world to help people see the light of His salvation.
Engaged (Part 4) Caught, but not Condemned (Jn. 8:3, 4)
Theme: Jesus deals kindly with sinners
Introduction: Do you think Jesus was soft on sin and sinners? Jesus did not treat sin lightly. However, He did address sinners with compassion rather than condemnation. He had no problem calling sin, sin. But, He also called sinners to repentance with the promise of forgiveness and the hope of new life.
In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. Today, Jesus is confronted with a woman living in and practicing blatant open sin. Through this encounter, this morning, we learn how to engage with sinners like this, like Jesus.
Conclusion:What have we learned from Jesus about engaging with sinners?
- Just because you know about the Bible doesn’t give you the right to beat people up with it.
- When you call out sin, make sure your motivation and your methods are to bring about salvation and restoration, not condem-nation.
- If you’re going to call out the sins of others, make sure your qualified to do it (jn.8:7; Mt. 7:5; Gal. 6:1) If you’re not. Don’t do it! (Mt. 7:1-2)
- When you’re dealing with sinners, we are never more like Jesus than when are doing so in such a manner as to save and restore them by showing and sharing God’s grace with them.
We are to condemn sin! But, don’t forget to share the same grace you were shown by God to other sinners.
Engaged (Part 3) The Wild Man (Mark 5:1-2)
Theme: Jesus even goes to the weird
Introduction: Have you ever had a really strange encounter? I mean the kind that you’ll never forget? Jesus also had a strange encounter. Now, it’s important for us to remember Jesus never went anywhere by accident. And this day, this place and this encounter were no different. Jesus and His disciples have crossed the Sea of Galilee overnight. And first thing the next morning they are immediately met by a wild man. He is full of demons, living in the grave yard and so strong, he couldn’t be bound because he’s been busting out of his chains and shackles! And on top of that he has been cutting himself and screaming out horrible sounds. Talk about a strange encounter!! Now, there begs another question. Why would anyone want to go see this guy and why would you show kindness to a weirdo like that? I am sure we have all seen and judged at some time or another, “That person is just too weird for me to deal with.” In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did.No doubt, this guy was too weird for most people to deal with. I would wager to say most had probably written him off as too weird, too far out there but, not Jesus. He didn’t see a weirdo. He saw a man in need and He went to meet him and his need. This encounter emphasizes the great power and compassion Jesus had as He ministered in various places around Capernaum. And, everywhere Jesus went He transformed lives.
Conclusion: What did we learn from Jesus strange encounter?
- No one is beyond the help of the Lord.
- Everyone has value and worth to the Lord (even the weird).
- We need to see the people, not just their problems
- And, we like Jesus, are to reach out to even and especially, the unloved, unwanted, unwelcome with the love of God and the gospel message.
Engaged (Part 2) People who won’t listen (Mark 3:22)
Theme: How Jesus responds to those who won’t listen
Introduction: In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. Jesus was often reaching out to people with the message of God’s salvation. But, many refused to hear it! Today we see from Jesus, how to deal with those people who just won’t listen! (You have probably never encountered any of those kinds of people). But, Jesus did and here is how He handled it.
Conclusion: The truth is there are going to be plenty of people, friends and family included, who will not accept our testimony. However, that does not free us from our responsibility of sharing it. Our responsibility is to faithfully proclaim Christ until He comes or takes us home. Their responsibility is to decide whether to accept it or reject it. Here is what we learned from Jesus…
Jesus engaged daily with those who would not listen, but He reached out to them continually anyway. Let us be faithful to be Jesus, and to proclaim the message of the gospel whenever, and with whomever we have opportunity, whether they listen or not!
Engaged (Part 1) Learning to engage with people like Jesus (Lk. 7:36-50)
Theme: How Jesus treats the outsiders
Introduction: As we walk through life, we will encounter all kinds of different people. I think we can all benefit from having better people skills, people skills like Jesus. In our new sermon series “Engaged” I want us to spend several weeks looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. And I want to begin with how we deal with outsiders (people who are very different from us). I want to start here because, there are times when being religious can keep us from being Christian. That may surprise you, but it is so very true! Jesus had much to say about this concept while in the house a very religious man. Jesus encounter with an unwelcome outsider shows us how narrow minded, religious and judgmental thinking can result in rejection of people. While some will reject others on the basis of religious judgment (Thinking they are better than others). Jesus would rather accept them for who they are, without disapproval or losing patience with them, so that He may reach them with and show them the love and grace of God. Notice how Jesus responds “when the outsider comes in.”
Conclusion: As we walk through this life, we will encounter all kinds of different people. As Maxwell said, “People have a tendency to live up or down to our expectations of them.”And, “The best way to help people is to see the best in them.” (I think we can all benefit from having better people skills, people skills like Jesus). That is how we engage the outsider when they come in!