Last week, before the storm, Alex York preached the second sermon in a series on Rightly Connecting to Key Relationships
He focused on investing in key relationships outside the church.
He used as a text Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan.
Opening our lives to people in need involves Seeking, Serving, Sharing, and Storying
We need to look for opportunities to reach out to others. This does involve seeking God first. Ask God to show us how to love our neighbor today.
Luke 19:10 -- The Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost. A good shepherd goes after lost sheep.
Jesus deliberately sought those far from God. He sought them out on their turf, not waiting for them to come to him.
We may need to make margins in our time for this. Purposely move toward people distant from God.
Matthew 20:28 -- The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
In God's economy, serving is important, and not just about serving people who will serve us back.
Philippians 2:4-7 -- Imitate Jesus' attitude. He put aside his divinity and became a servant.
Preview of a way to do this will be the 2016 Food Fight -- joining with other churches in the area to pack 5 million meals at Dulles Expo.
We're having a food drive on Super Bowl Sunday as well.
We want to share our lives with others and cultivate friendships with those outside the church.
Matthew 5:16 -- Let your light shine before men. They can't see your light if you don't share your life.
This is also about being open and honest about the areas where we struggle. People are curious about where God is working in the midst of our brokenness.
I Timothy 1:16 -- Christ displayed patience toward Paul. Paul's not talking about his strengths.
Can you put into everyday language what God has been teaching you? Small groups are a good place to start.
Getting to know the stories of other people and letting them know your story; also pointing them to God's story.
I Corinthians 9:19-23 -- Paul tried to connect with all kinds of people. This involves respectfully understanding who the other person is and their perspective.
This happens over time. There may be an opportunity to introduce spiritual elements.
We need to build relationships.
We live in a story-driven culture.
We have the best story! We need to learn to become better storytellers.
We don't have any idea the impact it can have when we listen to people's stories.
This week, January 24, we aren't meeting because of the blizzard.
Next week, January 31, is our Ground Breaking service! 10:00 at Mercer Middle School.