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Sunday AM Remix – 2.05.12

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

“How To Really Care for Hurting People”

* Power is something many of us desire, but it is often misused once we have it.

* Jesus was the most powerful person ever to walk the earth and He never used His power to benefit himself. Instead He used it to benefit others.

* Jesus was never to busy … Even for children to come to him.

* Even on the cross, Jesus ministered to the needs of others.

* Jesus didn’t come to be ministered too but to minister to others, His church is an extension of the life He lived.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others…”   1 Peter 4:10a (NIV)

* Read Acts 3

* Christianity was never meant to replace or displace Judaism, it was meant to fulfill it.

* Observation: The gate was beautiful – the people had valued the gate more than the person who was sitting at the gate.

WE CARE FOR HURTING PEOPLE GOD’S WAY BY…

1.  BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEEDS OF THOSE AROUND US.

”Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.  And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’  And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.”  Acts 3:1-5 (ESV)

* Real care has to start with real concern

* The ones who want to reach the masses are most passionate about reaching the one.

* QUESTION – when you see someone in need, do you look at them normally, or do you look away?

* God forgive us for the times where we valued our own safety and comfort instead seeing others.

– Accept INTERRUPTIONS.  “…were going up to the Temple…”

* If I am going to really help others, I have to be comfortable with interruptions … Just like Jesus was… Most of his miracles were done by interruption.

* Question: how many miracles have I missed because I was unwilling to interrupted.

– Be willing TO LOOK.  “…Peter directed his gaze at him…”

* When someone looks at you, it shows value and respect

”But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”  Psalm 3:3 (ESV)

* When we minister to others, it is far more a blessing to the person ministering than it is to the person who is being ministered to.

–  Rick and Lori Bordas story …

Rick and Lori Bordas are a great Christian couple who have learned this lesson by raising their son Jeffrey.  Jeffrey is twenty-three years old and has cerebral palsy. She wrote how this experience deepened their faith and their love for Christ. She said,

“If I had no Jeffrey would I still…

* Know Christ and His forgiveness?

* Would I understand that bad things do happen to good people and would I still be called “sweet woman”?

“If I had no Jeffrey would I still…

* Know so many Disney movies by heart?

* Would I wonder why people think all handicapped people are hard of hearing?

* Would I hate the word retarded?

* Would I wonder if people in wheelchairs wish they could wear out just one pair of shoes?

If I had no Jeffrey would I still…

* Have the peace that comes from knowing that God is in control and things do eventually work out?”

     Lori has learned to be attentive and perceptive to the lessons God that has for those who show compassion.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV 1984)

* Compassion is your pain in my heart.

* Question: who needs to experience compassion that you know?

2.  BEING CONFIDENT IN THE NAME OF THE ONE WHO WORKS THROUGH US.

“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’  And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”  Acts 3:6-10 (ESV)

* God never calls you to give away what you do not have.

* Some of us are buckets not conduits of blessing.

* Sometimes what we think is our greatest is not our greatest need.

* We do people no good when weeny give them what they think they need instead of what they really need.

* Healing isn’t always found in a cure or a desire but what they need.

* QUESTION: What are you willing to do in the name of Jesus Christ

* QUESTION: How confident are you in the name of Jesus Christ.

* QUESTION: How often do we take for granted the fact that we get to come into Gods presence.

3.  BEING COMMITTED TO THE GOSPEL THAT SAVED US.

“While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: ‘Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And His name—by faith in His name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.  But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you…’”  Acts 3:11-20 (ESV)

WHEN SHARING THE GOSPEL BE SURE TO…

Share ALL TRUTH.  V. 11-16

– Show REAL GRACE.   V. 17-18

Supply TRUE HOPE.  V. 19-20

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Read Acts 3:1-10.  Peter and John had their day interrupted by God to give attention to this crippled man.   Do you allow God to interrupt your schedule for spontaneous ministry?  How? In what ways could you see yourself doing better?

2. Describe the contrast you envision between the Beautiful Gate and the broken man.  How do you see the priorities of people mixed up in this scenario?  Do you see that anywhere today? How about in your life?

3. Pastor Bob mentioned many of us just hurry, with our heads down, from one thing to another. Read Psalm 3:3…with a raised head are you willing to look  and pay attention to needs around you? When was the last time you GAZED into a hurting persons eyes? When was the last time you felt compassion ( their pain in your heart) for someone?

4. A plan without the gospel has no real cure. Do you find it heard or embarrassing to mention Jesus to hurting people. Have you ever had a spiritual conversation with a hurting person? How did it go?

5. As you serve others what is the motive of your heart? Is it to build up self, to fill a need, to be noticed serving?

6. Read Acts 3:11-16.  How did Peter share the ‘hard truth’ of the Gospel with this crowd?  What parts of the Gospel do you have a hard time sharing openly with an unbeliever?  Why?

7.  From Peter’s second recorded sermon, how would you sum up what it means to become a Christian?

8. Define as a group what is meant by the GOSPEL! How committed and confident was Peter sharing the gospel? Do you struggle sharing the gospel? What is the hardest part of sharing?

9.  As a group define GRACE! Talk about a time in your life that you didn’t deserve grace, yet it was given! How did you respond? What was the effect lasting or short term?

10.  As a group discuss what you place your HOPE in! Why is it so easy to lose sight of the gospel, grace and and eternal hope? How can we better live in and share the gospel?

MUSICAL WORSHIP SET

For Your Glory – Maher

Hosanna – Hillsong

Awakening – Tomlin

10,000 Reasons – Redman

The Solid Rock – Page CXVI

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