Ok - Confession Time - I ran out of gas for this conversation about how we dehumanize each other…my final post about isolationists just never happened and honestly, it was a drain to think about the many, many ways we use and abuse each other. My final thought about all of this is STOP doing it, REFUSE to be a part of it, and let’s spend more energy being connected and connecting people to Jesus. I believe that Jesus is the one person who can restore a true humanity, and the more connected we are to Jesus, the more we will refrain from hurting others and work to prevent the dehumanization happening all around us.
So, this week in the last sermon in a series on “A More Healthy Church” I asked us all to consider our five. The idea came to me through a saved blog from Jim Martin who serves as the Vice-President of Harding School of Theology. He had addressed mentoring, but I broadened it a bit to address outreach and connecting to people around us so that they benefit from our faith and our friendship. So, here goes:
Who are FIVE people you can serve in the name of Jesus…I want all of us to consider FIVE. Write the names down in a safe place that can be referenced in the coming months and years.
1. Pray for FIVE:
2. Care for FIVE: (Consider how you might best benefit them)
3. Engage with FIVE: (Questions get the conversation going)
4. Share with Five: (The basic outline of the Biblical Story)
As I said in the sermon, FIVE isn’t so much a number as it is a group of Friends Involved in Victory Everlasting. God wants the church to grow, Jesus came to seek and save the lost, we have a vital part to this…Who’s in your FIVE?
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.