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November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

"Christmas Outreach:
You Must be willing to Pay the Cost"

“Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic man on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, He said, ‘Friend, I forgive your sins!’”

Luke 5: 18 – 20 MSG

Today's our final step inreaching out to friends for Jesus. Now we can start practicing them.

Finally, #5: You must be willing to pay the cost to bring someone to Jesus

These four men wouldn’t have made a hole in the roof unless they were willing to fix it. They had to pay the cost of bringing their friend to Jesus.

Bringing a friend to Jesus always requires a sacrifice. You have to get out of your comfort zone in order to do that. Many have become so comfortable within their own little group of people that they’re afraid to add a new person, because it might change things.

Before your friends will come to Jesus they need to see you get out of your comfort zones. You need to remember that reaching others for Jesus is of eternal significance – it is the most important thing you can do for God while you are here on earth.

Christmas is just about a month away. That gives you a month to pray about who God would like you to invite for Christmas worship. Perhaps, you want to give them a little warm up.

We’re doing our Christmas Musical, “One Small Star,” the first weekend in Decemberon Saturdaynight,Dec. 7 at 5:30PMandSunday, Dec. 8 at 10:45AM. It’s always light-hearted and enjoyable.

Perhaps you want to invite your friend to come with you to one of those shows. That way he or she will meet people at Good Shepherd in a more relaxed situation. That might open the door to an invitation to Christmas Eve.

Remember, in 2ndThessalonians 3: 1 Paul said, “Pray that the Master’s Word will simply take off and race through the country to a ground swell of response, just as it did among you.”

Be an instrument to spread that Word through the country; do the work required to bring others to Jesus and be willing to pay the price for them.

You may make a friend for eternity if you’re willing to take the chance.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don

P.S.: Today is the 50thanniversary of an event that changed the lives of people in my generation. President John F. Kennedy, was killed by an assassin in Dallas, TX. That was a defining moment in history for my generation. Please pray for our President and leaders, whether you agree with them or not, because that is God’s command to His people.