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Our focal passage for today is Luke 5:27-32.
After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him. And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” - Luke 5:27-32Focusing on a vision:
*causes us to pray more.
*takes our eyes off of ourselves.
Two Main Points for Today:
1. We need to make Jesus first place.
2. We need to take Jesus to every place.
You are invited to watch and listen to my pastor's entire sermon on this topic here.
We are all sick. We are all sinners. We need to make Jesus first in our lives. We need to take our eyes off of everything that will distract us and keep our eyes on Jesus.
We must follow Jesus completely!
We cannot pick and choose what we like and what we don't like. We must make Jesus first.
Then, we must take Jesus every where we go.
The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. - Luke 5:30-31Matthew wanted his "rowdy" friends to know Jesus.
I am not afraid of failure. I'm afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter. - William Carey
Don't make it complicated. Just love people like Jesus loved them.
1. Move closer to those who don't follow Jesus.
2. Try new ways of taking Jesus to new places.
Remember: It's not about me. It's about taking Jesus to others.
B - Begin with prayer.
L - Listen, Learn, Love
E - Eat (The fork is an effective evangelical tool.) :)
S - Serve (Serve THEM, Serve WITH them.)
S - Share
Sin is complicated. You can't manage it. You can only be redeemed out of it.
You'll find all my posts about this Bible study series here.