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The Good Samaritan

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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

Meandering to Missional

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On Sunday September 18th, Pastor Ed began a new sermon series, "Meandering to Missional."

"Meandering" means to follow a winding, circuitous path without meaning or purpose.  We are NOT meandering.  As a church we're moving purposefully.

Our lives are too important and too short to waste our time meandering.

"Meander" is often used in connection with a stream.  A river takes the path of least resistance.  When we take the path of least resistance, we meander, wandering around obstacles.

Push into personal missional living.

1)  We were made for a purpose!

Genesis 1:27-28; Psalm 139:13-16; Ephesians 2:10

We were purposed, ordained, missioned.  God prepared good works in advance for us to do.

Some of us need to remember.

This is not a dress rehearsal.  We weren't made just to make it to Friday.

Some of us need to surrender.

You were designed to surrender to God and find His plan for you.

2)  We, Gateway, were made for a purpose!

"church" -- Ecclesia -- "called out ones"

This is not just a casual thing.  When we gather together, that's the church.

We exist to be used by God to draw others into authentic Christian community.

If you're called here, you're called to mission.

It's not about us, it's about drawing others.  Jesus said, "Come to me, and I will make you fishers of men."  We're building a building for the people who aren't here yet.  We're not drawing others to be part of the club.

It's a contact sport!  We fight to stay purposeful.

We're pursuing one another and pursuing God.

Some enemies to missional living:

1)  Self-reliance

I'm connected to something bigger than me.  Ephesians 2:8-9  It's a gift of God.

2)  Laziness

Proverbs 10:4; 26:15

3)  Busyness

Psalm 46:10 -- "Be still and know that I am God."


1)  Ask yourself:  "Am I in?"  Is Gateway the place God wants me to be?

If you're sure, we need to feel the weight of you.

You're not called to meander here.

2)  Take the next right step.

This will be different for different people.  Some forms it might take:

Join a small group, volunteer for a team, give, invite someone to dinner, try to get to church every other week.

Purpose produces passion.

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