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  • TAKE HOME
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • TAKE HOME
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    • 1. LEAP OF FAITH: FLEXIBILITY, FOR JESUS’ SAKE Scripture: I Corinthians 9: 19-23 and Philippians 2:5-11
    • 2. 1 Cor. 9:19-23 (NLT) This means I am not bound to obey people just because they pay me, yet I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ. [20] When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. [21] When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. [22] When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. [23] I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings.
    • 3. Philip. 2:5-11 (NLT) Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. [6] Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. [7] He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. [8] And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross. [9] Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    • 4. TAKE HOME • Bolstering our own identity can be a destructive preoccupation…and it won’t help the Kingdom! • We could all take some lessons from Paul and Jesus on giving up the focus on ‘ME!’ and concentrating on others instead. • It takes a leap of faith to let go of a quest for ‘reputation’ and move forward to ‘service’.
    • 5. Lord, Jesus, You gave it all up to be my savior.  May I learn from you as I try to love people even I must flex and surrender my image. Commitment:
    • 6. Worship in Song
    • 7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    • 8. PROPOSITION: IN KINGDOM BUSINESS CULTURE AND REPUTATION ARE NEGOTIABLE…COMPASSION IS NOT! • JESUS CAME TO EARTH FOR REASON…TO REDEEM US. • IT WAS AN EXPENSIVE VENTURE FOR HIM. • YET HE ALWAYS KEPT HIS EYE ON THE OUTCOME. • I NEED TO LEARN POWERFUL LESSONS FROM HIM. • SINCE THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS A HUMAN, LIKE ME, I NEED TO OBSERVE HOW ‘ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN’ WAS LIVED OUT IN HIS LIFE.
    • 9. IT IS A MIGHTY LEAP OF FAITH TO JETTISON MY COMFORT ZONE AND IDENTITY…ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE. PAUL’S STORY • A highly educated man. • A greatly respected leader. • A man of the upper crust.
    • 10. WHEN HE WAS SAVED BY JESUS HIS OLD (AND GLORIOUS) IDENTITY WAS SET ASIDE…NO EASY TASK FOR A MAN LIKE THAT • Circumcised on the eighth day • Of the people of Israel • Of the Tribe of Benjamin • A Hebrew of Hebrews • A Pharisee • Zealous…persecuting the church • Legalistic righteous…Faultless!!
    • 11. JESUS CALLED HIM TO LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND AND JUMP (LEAP!) TO BECOME A DIFFERENT PERSON  • “ If any one is in Christ he has become a new creation” --II Corinthians 5:17 • The old identity is worthless…ready for the manure pile.   --Philippians 3:8
    • 12. COMMUNION! Celebrating, Not Our So-called Goodness, But Rather HIS!
    • 13. Confession: I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus is my Lord and Savoir.
    • 14. Worship in Song
    • 15. PAUL’S IDENTITY BECAME FUNCTIONAL…IT HAD A DESIRED OUTCOME • Underlying Principle: “I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” --I Corinthians 9: 19
    • 16. AS A KINGDOM PERSON PAUL’S CULTURE AND IDENTITY BECAME NEGOTIABLE • To Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the Law I became like one under the Law,  Ditto. To those not having the Law… To the weak… --I Corinthians 9:19-23
    • 17. RESTATEMENT: I HAVE BECOME ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE SO THAT BY ALL POSSIBLE MEANS I MIGHT SAVE SOME. •
    • 18. PAUL GOT HIS INSPIRATION AND MODEL FROM JESUS • He was in very nature God. • He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. • He made himself nothing. • He volunteered to be made in human form. • Jesus took the form of a servant. • He humbled himself and become obedient…to the point of death!
    • 19. WHY?  WHAT WAS THE DESIRED OUTCOME? … That every knew would bow And every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord To the glory of God the Father!
    • 20. BOTH JESUS AND PAUL HELP US SEE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN EFFECTIVE MISSIONARY! • A satisfactory evaluation of our own identity. (We are children of God with Heaven as our eternal home)   • A commitment to the salvation of others. (To save some…every knee bowing and every tongue confessing)
    • 21. BOTH JESUS AND PAUL HELP US SEE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN EFFECTIVE MISSIONARY! • A decision to let go of our worldly, fleshly identity for the sake of others. (All things to all people …Emptied himself and took the form of a servant)   • Consider our commitment to others so great that only a few words explain our new role. (Though I am free and belong to no man I make myself a SLAVE  to everyone…Taking the very nature of a servant!)
    • 22. ALL OF THIS IS A DESCRIPTION OF A MISSIONARY • Leaving home • Adapting to a different culture • Learning a new language • Identifying with the ones we seek to serve • Total commitment
    • 23. IT IS THE LIFE WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE…AND IT TAKES A LEAP OF FAITH! •
    • 24. HOW WOULD IT LOOK IN OUR LIVES? • Flexibility in how we see ourselves • A willingness to meet and interact with people outside of our Comfort Zone • Learning the ‘language’ of others…those younger, older, other ethnics, different economic strata, etc. • Moving to places and spaces where there are people ‘unlike’ us • A willingness to look and listen along with others…music and such that is not ‘our thing’
    • 25. COULD THIS BE PART OF WHAT IT MEANS TO TAKE UP OUR CROSS, DENY OURSELVES AND FOLLOW THE MASTER? • WHAT KIND OF PRAYER COULD A ‘STUCK IN A RUT’ OR AN ‘OLD WINE SKIN’ PERSON OFFER?
    • 26. Lord, help me understand how precious I am to you so that I don’t have to spend my days shaping or reinforcing my image.   Father, help me to remember what Jesus said about ‘gaining the whole world’ and yet losing my soul.   Jesus, may I live my life in such a way that others can hear your voice rather than my taste and preferences.  I want to be a “Jesus” person.
    • 27. Worship in Song
    • 28. PRAYER & PRAISE
    • 29. Your Offering: “ Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” --Jesus
    • 30. Worship in Song
    • 31. TAKE HOME • I will not boast of my own position, status or capabilities. I will focus on the Kingdom and His righteousness! • Like Paul and Jesus I give up the focus on ‘ME!’ and I will concentrate on others instead. • I take the leap of faith as I let go of a quest for ‘reputation’ and move forward to ‘service’.
    • 32. Lord, Jesus, You gave it all up to be my savior.  May I learn from you as I try to love people even I must flex and surrender my image. Commitment:
    • 33. Go and Take the Leap.

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