Last Sunday, Pastor Ed preached a second sermon in the series "Meandering to Missional," covering Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan.
"Meandering" means to follow a winding, turning course, to move idly and aimlessly without fixed direction.
When we live a meandering life, we don't live our purpose.
Our mission as a church: "We exist to be used by God to draw others into authentic Christian community."
Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
What is our mission?
In Luke 10:25-37, the teacher of the law was looking for the limits of love. He wanted to justify love that's comfortable.
The Samaritan was *different.*
Today, we have many neighbors who are wholly *different.*
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus told us to go into all the world.
For each of us personally, our lives were designed to live OUT -- for others.
We need to be ready to engage those around us -- both our kind and those not our kind.
We've got to figure out how to turn our lives OUT.
The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.
The teacher was invested in being right -- he even got the answer right to the question Jesus asked him.
But then he wanted to justify himself.
Jesus told him essentially:
You need to worry less about being right and more about loving those who are in need.
You can be right about an issue but be wrong.
Don't miss how obvious Jesus was. He's not asking us to exercise extraordinary powers of perception.
This week: When you're presented with need, step into it and see what God