Our central message here at Lakeside is this:
What does it mean to be a BRIDGE?
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.