1.7.18 January 07, 2018
CALLED TO CARE
“To this you were called, because Chris suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
called: kaleo (kal-eh'-o); to "call", bid, call (forth).
- YOU ARE CALLED TO CARE.
I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. Phil 2:20-21 NLT
- TO SAY YOU CARE BUT NOT ACT IS TO NOT CARE AT ALL.
TRUE COMPASSION DEMANDS ACTION
Compassion: splagchnizomai (splangkh-nid'-zom-ahee); to have the bowels yearn, feel deep sympathy, to be moved to action.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matt 14:14
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. Matt 20:34
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:33-34
THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:29
In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. Luke 10:30-32
- YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE AN EXCUSE TO JUSTIFY NOT GETTING INVOLVED.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. Luke 10:33-34
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' Luke 10:35
3) CHANGES LIVES.
"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" 37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
1) True compassion acts. To say you care but not act is to not care at all. Was there a time you know you should have acted to help someone, but didn’t? Explain.
2) You can always make an excuse not to get involved. Even if an act of love inconveniences or costs you, what is an immediate need you can meet for someone around you? What can you do as a Life Group to change someone’s life?
3) How has serving others compassionately changed you?
Join us for a potluck on Sunday, January 14th following our second service. Bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy some fellowship time with everyone!
Do you have stuff you no longer need or want? We are having a garage sale on Saturday, February 10th to help raise funds for our building project. If you would like to donate some of your stuff to the church let us know and we will set up a time for you to drop it off! If you would like to help with the day of the garage sale please let us know with your connection card.
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Our current EdgeGroups are:
The Gathering Sundays @ 6 pm
Dinner with Jesus Mondays @ 6:30 pm
Edge of Fitness Monday's @ 7:00 pm
Men's Groups Tuesdays @ 6:30 am
Date Your Mate Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm
S.O.B.E.R Project Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm
Bible Talk Wednesdays @ 7 pm
UpperEdge Wednesdays @ 7 pm
Prayer @ 7 pm
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