All In: How to Be a Bridge

This is Part 2 in the “All In” sermon series. CLICK HERE for all posts in this series.

Our central message here at Lakeside is this:

People matter to God and we want God to matter to people, so we will be a BRIDGE to help the get from where they are to where God wants them to be.

What does it mean to be a BRIDGE?

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

Luke 15:1-7

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A BRIDGE

WE NEED TO BE AUTHENTIC

Jesus knew who He was to be and why He was here.

Jesus was sent to save the sick (the sinners), and tax collectors and notorious sinners would come to hear Him speak. He knew He had limited time on this earth to spread the word of the kingdom of God until He died for our sins.

Jesus spoke the truth and lived the truth that He spoke.

He was baptized, He modeled how to take care of the poor, hungry, and downtrodden, and how to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, not in man.

WE NEED TO BE COMPASSIONATE

Jesus met people where they were.

He met the lepers along the roadside, He met the woman at the well, He taught in the synagogues…

Jesus saw people who they could be.

People saw a tax collector while Jesus saw a disciple. People saw a fisherman, while Jesus saw Peter. People saw the woman in adultery, while Jesus saw a woman in need of forgiveness. People saw Paul as a terrorist, while Jesus saw him as the greatest missionary of all time.

WE NEED TO BE INTENTIONAL

We need to remember what it was like to be lost.

Some of us have been saved so long, we forget what it was like to truly be lost. 

We need to prepare ourselves in order to reach the lost.

We need to spend time in prayer and in God’s Word. We need to get into God’s Word together. We need to know what we believe and why we believe it.

We need to practice reaching the lost.

We need to practice the habit of sharing our testimony, talking about what it means to be a Christian, and who Jesus is to us. 

We need to respond when there is an opportunity.

We need to be ready to speak up whenever an opportunity arises.

WE NEED TO BE COMMITTED

Jesus never gave up on us and did what was necessary to reach us.

Just like the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus will leave the 99 to save the one that is lost, no matter the cost.

We should never give up on others and do what’s necessary to reach them.

No one is ever a lost cause. We need to be willing to do whatever it takes to tell others about God, and let Jesus work in their hearts.

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