Made for Mission Week 7: Bring Someone with You

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning March 3rd, 2019.

These sermon notes are made available through the YouVersion free Bible app.
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God’s calling on your life is always bigger than your lifetime.

While just about all of us can’t go back three generations in our own family trees, that is not the case with our spiritual family. Wouldn’t it be good, that when we get to heaven, we could see our family tree. Our spiritual family tree. Think about it… to see how the Gospel went out from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and through the world, over time to you…

God’s got something bigger for your life and is inviting you to join Him in his activity where He’s already working. Today we are going to study a scene in the life from a guy named Peter. He’s one of those insert foot open mouth kind of guys. He was always getting into trouble for speaking before thinking. If you’ve ever done that before then you’ll be able to relate to him. If you ever make bonehead mistakes, Peter is your guy.


Luke 8:40-42 NIV

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.


So Jairus meets Jesus and His disciples at the docks. His description as the synagogue leader was a big deal. In that

culture think city council member or even mayor of that area. This could be a really big opportunity for this small start up movement led by Jesus. If a synagogue leader were to become a follower he might influence the whole city and even the surrounding region.

So I don’t know what Jesus is thinking but I bet the disciples are not blind to the opportunity at hand which meant they better get to Jairus’ house fast before they miss it. Check out what happens next.


Luke 8:42-48 NIV

42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”


It’s almost comical how this scene starts. Massive crowds are surrounding Jesus pressing in to get closer to him yet he stops mid stride to ask, “Who touched me?” I picture Peter rolling his eyes here, “Ahh Jesus, there are people all around you. Everybody is touching you!”

What comes to mind as read this? Have you ever been somewhere so congested that people are all around you, bumping up against you?

What about this woman. What would others have thought of her? treated her?


You have no idea when God wants to use you.

Your greatest impact will probably come at a time you’re least expecting it. For the woman, she has been suffering with this disease for 12 years. She’d prayed for God to remove it from her multiple times a day for over a decade. If you walked in here and you’ve been carrying around a prayer request for what seems like forever, learn the lesson from this woman. Don’t give up. Run to Jesus. There is always hope and He can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime.


Luke 8:49-56 NIV

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.


So they get to Jairus’ place and his daughter is already dead. I can picture some of the disciples slyly shaking their heads.

“If we didn’t have that stop along the way I bet we would have made it.” Jesus grabs a couple of the guys and the girl’s parents and goes up to see the dead girl.

He says to them, “she’s just sleeping.” Odd thing to say… I bet they thought He’s crazy. Their response - they laughed. Jesus ignores the apparent lack of faith, grabs the girls hand and raises her from the dead. (Think about this girl’s life, what a story for her to share. Think about the parents.) The Synagogue leader of the area just became a Jesus follower. How old was this girl? 12 years old. How long did the woman suffer from bleeding? 12 years. How cool is it to think that God had been waiting for this amazing day for 12 years.


When Jesus arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.

What do you think about this? Significant or not? What's Jesus really doing here?


Why Peter? He had just questioned Jesus in public a minute and a half ago. Shouldn’t he by this point have learned to stop talking back to Jesus? Then Jesus brings him along to Jairus’ house and he laughs when Jesus remarks that the girl is sleeping.


Bring someone with you. As you go, live the mission you were made for, don’t go alone. Bring someone along for the ride. This may be the single greatest leadership lesson we learn from the life of Jesus. You could make a strong case that Jesus is the greatest leader of all time. He never wrote any books. He never held a public office. He never went outside one small area of the world. He was only on the public scene for a little over three years and then died at age 33. Yet here we are 2,000 years later and there are over 2 billion people following him from all corners of the earth in hundreds of different languages. The movement he started is growing faster now worldwide than ever before. That’s some pretty good leadership.


Bring someone with you.

You know how many times it says Jesus took his disciples and they went somewhere? Me neither. I started counting through the Gospels and lost track because just about every time he went somewhere he intentionally brought people with him. There are examples, moments when he got alone - few though. The evidence is abundantly clear that with incredible intentionality Jesus brought people with him.


Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


"Therefore go" is actually “As you go” in the Greek the literal translation.

Think about the different applications to this command. What does this mean in your life? is this hard or easy?

Jesus ends with promising that he will be with us always, to the very end of the age. If He’s truly in the driver’s seat of your life then it’s not so much you bringing him with you but instead he’s bringing you with him. What he did for the disciples 2000 years ago, Jesus still wants to do in our lives today. As He disciples us now He invites us to do the same with others.


Let me give you some practical examples:

>Parents, bring your kids with you. Share a way your family intentionally has involved your kids in the ministry to help disciple them.

>Parents, bring your kids’ friends with you too. Three words–Saturday night sleepovers. Obviously talk to their parents first before you bring them to church but your family may be the closest to Jesus that your kids’ friends ever get.

>Bring people into your home, connect with them, grow with them, do life with them, study the Word with them, pray with them. ("To busy" is an excuse. Business is the killer of ministry opportunities.)

Jesus said, as you go. As you do life, do it with others with Christ at the center.

>As you serve in a ministry, invite someone to serve with you.

Bring someone with you.


So what happens with Peter? I think he got it! Jesus can raise the dead. Even death is not an insurmountable barrier when it comes to Jesus. What if Jesus didn’t bring him? Then Peter wouldn’t have learned that lesson and this future scene probably wouldn’t have ever happened.


Acts 9:36-42 NIV

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.


Peter heals Tabitha in an similar way that Jesus had healed Jairus’s daughter. Many people came to believe in Jesus all throughout Joppa simply because Jesus took Peter with him years earlier. God is a “connecting the dots” kind of God.

We have no idea what God wants to do through us and when He wants to do it.


God’s calling on your life is bigger than your lifetime. There is only one thing that will last. The stuff you are stressing about now won’t. It probably will be no big deal in a couple years and your own great grandkids that wouldn’t even exist if it were not for you, won’t even know your name. BUT—if you bring someone with you, that will be celebrated for all eternity.

What is God calling you to? Who can you bring with? Who in your life does not know God, but as you seek to grow in faith, who will you invite to go with you? (They may laugh? Don’t worry, you’ll be in good company.)

Made for Mission Week 5: Who is My Mission?

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning February 3rd, 2019.

These sermon notes are made available through the YouVersion free Bible app.
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Who Is My Mission?

Simply answered- EVERYONE.

God has intentionally and strategically placed you in your family, friendships, neighborhood and workplace to reach out to those you are already doing life with.



You may be asking/thinking:

>I get it that I’m supposed to share how God’s goodness has intersected with my life but do I just walk up to random people and start talking?

>If God has uniquely placed me in some people’s lives to share about Him how do I go about identifying that?



Let's explore this in the Text.


John 2:24-25 NIV

24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.


Jesus knew all people and knew what was inside them. As he started his ministry he gives us two polar opposite examples of the kinds of people that God loves to work in. Listen to the very next verse.


John 3:1 NIV

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.


Jesus has a conversation with a very religious man named Nicodemus. We’re not going to study that conversation today except to say that the author John very deliberately placed it before the scene we are going to read.



>Jesus has a spiritual conversation with someone you’d expect to have it all figured out (think like a pastor of a church) but ends up correcting some basic beliefs that Nicodemus was holding.



Side Note: Just because someone appears to be a “super Christian” doesn’t mean that they are not still struggling with questions about their faith and their walk with God.



>Then Jesus leaves there and has a conversation with a woman that was on the opposite end of the religious scale than Nicodemus.



I believe Jesus is making a profound point that nobody is off limits when it comes to talking about God.


John 4:1-6 NIV

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.


Geography helps us to understand this passage. We read that he left Judea to go to Galilee. Now most Jews would actually

make this trip longer than they would have to by intentionally missing all of Samaria.



>The Jewish people despised the Samaritans because they saw them as sell outs. They were the people that intermarried with the people of the land so that they were only half-Jewish.



>What’s interesting is that Jesus actually went out of his way to go through Samaria.



>The scene we are about to read is the only scene we read during this trip meaning it must be incredibly significant.



The Scene: Jesus sits down at the well by himself. We’ll learn later that his disciples have gone into town to grab some food.


John 4:7-14 NIV

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”


As we seek to answer “Who’s my mission?” I think it’s interesting how the different people in this scene apparently saw this woman.

1. How the woman saw herself–Samaritan woman

2. How the disciples saw her–wait, where are they in this scene? Passed her by on the way. Never talk to her when they return.

3. How Jesus saw her–

>She was worth it. Worth going out of his way to meet her. Worth crossing social barriers.

>She was persistent. You might say, where do you see her persistent? Check out what happens.


John 4:15-18 NIV

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied.Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”


I’ve heard many sermons focusing on the woman’s sinfulness and shame. Yes, I’m sure this is a part of her story and she had a lot of things from her past that she was not proud of.



>In the first century Middle Eastern culture it was a man-centered world.



>Women were seen as second class citizens and men had all the power. It was completely acceptable for a man to have several premarital sexual relationships and if a husband wanted to divorce his wife all he had to do was give her a certificate and kick her to the curb. So this isn’t a woman that jumps around from guy to guy—this is probably a woman who has been used and abused over and over by multiple men. She knows what it’s like to feel pain and loss. She probably is carrying some bitterness and anger along with her shame.



Yet, here she is. She’s not given up. She’s still going. She’s still day after day going out to the well to get the water. Maybe everyone else missed something that Jesus saw because he knew what was inside her. This becomes obvious later in the story. Check out the best part.


John 4:39-42 NIV

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”


The very next verse says that Jesus left for Galilee after two days. So there is an impromptu spiritual revival among the Samaritans that goes on for two days. How does it happen?



The very woman that people had cast aside comes back into a village of people that had rejected her and convinces them to meet her new friend and Savior Jesus.



I don’t picture her handing out a few flyers. Because of who she was, it couldn’t have been easy.



Think about this, this was the very woman that the disciples passed by without ever saying a word too. This was also the very same people that the disciples had seen when they walked into the village to buy food. It never crossed their minds to share with them yet this woman sees people that desperately needed to meet their Savior.



What barriers do we put up when we judge people with our biases?


You have no idea what is inside people but Jesus knew the potential of God working through this Samaritan woman.



I think Jesus was teaching multiple lessons to multiple audiences here. Jesus primary focus was making disciples so He used every scenario to teach them a lesson in ministry. I believe the big lesson here for them and for us: Who is my Mission?



The answer: Everybody!



Who did the Samaritan woman go to?

Notice that this woman goes back to the town where she was from. It probably was out of her comfort zone but she felt compelled to share with those she did life with.



There is a Greek word that is mentioned throughout the New Testament that helps us answer the question. It’s the word “Oikos.” It was the ancient Greek equivalent of a household, house, or family. An average Oikos is usually made up of about 8-15 people.


OIKOS:

>In Luke 8, (from last weeks sermon) the demon possessed man was told to return to his household (oikos) and describe the great things done for him.

>In Luke 19, Zacchaeus was told salvation had come to his household (oikos).

>In John 4, the centurion’s whole household (oikos) was saved following the healing of his son.

>In Acts 10, Cornelius was a righteous man who feared God with all his household (oikos).

>In Acts 16, the Philippian Jailer has his entire household (oikos) baptized in the middle of the night.


What does that look like for us? God has intentionally and strategically placed you in your family, friendships, neighborhood and workplace to reach out to those you are already doing life with.



One easy way to think about it is to think FRANCE . Who are your

Friends

Relatives

Acquaintances

Neighbors

Co-Workers/Classmates and

keep your Eyes open.


Would you just start praying this prayer on a daily basis, “Lord I don’t ask you for much today, but would you give me your heart for the lost.”



Make a those you know who need Jesus

Friends

Relatives

Acquaintances

Neighbors

Co-Workers/Classmates

Eyes (those you meet along the way)



Remember 1 Cor. 3:6


1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.


For His glory, God is working in you so that He may be known through you.

Made for Mission Week 4: What's My Message?

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning January 27th, 2019.

These sermon notes are made available through the YouVersion free Bible app.
https://www.bible.com/events/555153


Today we will spend time answering the question, “What’s my message?” What do I actually say while living on mission. If you are already a Christian, then this is at the very heart of following Jesus.



Have you ever tried to explain something to someone and they just don’t get it? Do you ever feel like sharing Jesus is like speaking in a different language? You just can’t seem to get the words out and you’re pretty sure you are confusing the other person more than you are helping them.



If you can relate at all then today’s passage we are studying should greatly encourage you. We are going to look at the same story from two different places. Mark 5 and Luke 8


Mark 5:1-2 NIV

1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.


Mark 5:3-5 NIV

3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.


Luke 8:28-29 NIV

28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.


Luke 8:30 NIV

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.


Luke 8:31-33 NIV

31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.


So the man asks the question, “Jesus, what do you want with me?”

Jesus answers in words and actions: 1) I want to know your name. 2) I want to help you.



Think about it, everyone else wanted to bind him and keep him away but Jesus came to free him.


Luke 8:34-35 NIV

34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.


As the man sat at Jesus’ feet what do you think they talked about? A great question to ask anytime you are reading the

Bible and it says they were talking is “What do you imagine the conversation was about?” I’m just guessing but don’t you think the man somewhere in there probably asked, “So who are you and why did you save me?”


Luke 8:38-39 NIV

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.


This guy has been a Christian for 5 minutes. Doesn’t he need more training? Instead Jesus gives him a mission. Return home and tell how much God has done for you.



The area that this all happened was called Decapolis because it was made up of 10 cities that were all together. He went all over the place and told people how much Jesus had done for him.



So, what’s my message? It’s simple, to share how God’s goodness has intersected with my life. What did Jesus do and howhas it personally impacted my life. Can you do that? That’s the message you’re supposed to be ready with.


Mark 7:31 NIV

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.


Jesus went back. In Mark 8 we read that the feeding of the 4000 happened in that same region. So Jesus goes on and tells one guy before they send him away. He comes back a little bit later and 4000 men (or probably 12-15,000 including women and kids) What was the difference? There is no other explanation. I believe it had something to do with how God used the testimony of the former demon possessed guy. Think for a second what that means, he probably went and shared about Jesus to everyone. He probably shared with the very people who cuffed him in chains and left him to die. The message was just too good, his past relationships just didn’t seem to matter anymore.


You have no idea the impact God wants to make through you. Jesus took the craziest most insecure guy and used him to build His kingdom.



We limit our testimony and thereby our effectiveness with: “I can’t do this.” “I’m shy.” “I can’t talk with people about how good God is” “This is just not my thing.”



Let me ask you, “Are you known for running around the local cemetery and your neighborhood naked? Has anyone ever chained you up because you are so out of control?” If not, then you have far less to overcome than this guy did and he brought about one of the Bible’s best spiritual awakenings. Stop saying I can’t and Say God can.


1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.


God is at work in you so that He may be known through you. You have a mission.

Paul planted

Apollos Watered

God gave increase



Pray for planting moments and courage.

Pray for watering moments and courage.

Trust what God wants to do through you, for His glory.

Made for Mission Week 3: What's My Mission? (Part 2)

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning January 20th, 2019.

These sermon notes are made available through the YouVersion free Bible app.
https://www.bible.com/events/551019


We are in week 3 of our “Made for Mission” series. At the beginning of this series we investigated the truth that every person has been called by God for a mission. You are not an accident or fluke but instead God’s masterpiece created for a purpose.


Ephesians 2:10 NIV

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


Since we are created in Christ Jesus to do the will of God, we again must ask ourselves the questions:

What’s my mission?

Whose mission am I already on?”

What mission was Jesus on?


Luke 9:51 NIV

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.


What does RESOLUTELY mean?



RESOLUTELY: determined, and unwavering manner. Another way of saying it would be: steadfastly, set His face, determined, made up His mind, with intention - he set His face to go



Jesus was a man on a mission. (John 17:4)

He resolutely set out to lay down his life for the sake of other’s salvation. With great intentionality and courage He knew where He was going and that his life was bigger than himself. It’s interesting earlier in the chapter He shared point blank what that meant for anyone that would follow Him.


Luke 9:23-24 NIV

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.


Jesus made it clear that the mission of those who would follow Him was the same as His.

>Followers must lay down their lives on a daily basis for the sake of others being saved.

>This isn’t just a one time event, this is the mission of our lives on a daily basis from now till Jesus returns.

>Our mission is way bigger than ourselves or even the people we serve, it’s part of a worldwide movement that Jesus started.


This worldwide movement faces obstacles. I think one of Satan’s most powerful tools to get Jesus follower’s off mission is the weapon of DISTRACTION.



DISTRACTION: A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. A diversion or recreation.



We all agree, we live in a distracted culture? The truth is, most of us aren’t out there committing sin after sin and aren’t bad people. We are just busy people. We aren’t on mission like we should be or would like to be… because we are so busy, so distracted.



In a recent survey put out by Lifeway, 80% of church-goers said they believe they have a personal responsibility in sharing their faith BUT 61% say that they haven’t in the past six months. So the majority of us know what the mission is and the importance of it but somehow it doesn’t impact the way we live.


Luke 9:57-62 NIV

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”


From this passage, Jesus identifies and calls out three distractions that will pull us away from the mission Jesus has made us for.



1. Comfort

2. Commitments

3. Competition


1. The Mission of Comfort

Our world is obsessed with safety and comfort. How many of you took my challenge last week and went to Walmart and saw all the things that are available to make you more comfortable?

Whether you did or not, the truth is, we like to travel the course of least resistance. We enjoy comfort.

>What happens when the Mission of Comfort comes in conflict with the Mission of Jesus?

>What happens when comfort becomes a bigger deal in your life than Christ?

The mission that God has invited us to be on isn’t always easy or comfortable.

Is He worth it? Is loving God and loving someone else worth it? or are we in love with our comfortable lives so much that we to neglect God’s purpose? Are we so consumed with the pursuit of a comfortable life that we to neglect God’s purpose?


2. The Mission of Commitments

Matt 6:33 “Seek first His kingdom and His righteous and ALL THESE THINGS will be given to you as well.”



Jesus promises that if we place his Kingdom first in our lives then He will take care of all the other things we love to stress about.

So, are there things you have told Jesus “yes, but first…”

>I’ll serve, but first let me get through this busy season.

>I’ll give, but first let me get this promotion.

>I’ll share my faith, but first let me get more comfortable in my own walk with God.

>I’ll spend time reading my Bible in the morning, but first let me push the snooze button a few times.



While many of the commitments we’ve made may be really good and honorable, Jesus still tells us that His mission must come first.


3. The Mission of Competition

vs 61: As Jesus continues to walk along another man approaches. vs 61 “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus turns to him and replies, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”



Notice once again that this man has some of the same disorganized words. “Lord; but first…”



Instead of going the mission unconditionally, this man places a condition on his willingness to serve.



The word “but" completely impacts whatever was said just before. Think about it…

I really like this…but….

Every thing is good…but…

I love you…but…

I’m all in…but…

I’ll follow you…but…

He is a nice guy… but…



The mission that God has called us to must be seen as a reward and not a regret. He wants us to step forward into, press in, and embrace His calling, His confidence and joy, and not be looking back with uncertainty and anxiety.


Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


There are lots of things in our lives that are competing with God’s mission. Making money, appearing successful in the world’s eyes, having everything you want, staying healthy, having your kids turn out perfectly. Many of these things are great, but do they ever compete with what God’s mission of resolutely walking with him no matter the cost.



Simply saying that you will follow him is not enough. The primary characteristic he is looking for in His followers is Humility. Will I lay down my own comforts, other commitments and things that compete for my time, treasure and talents to resolutely follow Jesus?



We need to seriously ask and respond to what God reveals:

God, do I have any distracting missions in my life that I need to die to today?

1. Are there any comforts that you have made more important than Christ?

2. Are there any other commitments that you’ve been saying, “but first,” before you can fully follow Christ’s call on your life?

3. Are there any competing missions that might be good but have become more important than your calling to know Christ and make him known?



I am praying for you and asking God to help you connect to His purpose for your life. May God richly bless His mission through your life.

Made for Mission Week 2: What's My Mission?

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning January 13th, 2019.

These sermon notes are made available through the YouVersion free Bible app.
https://www.bible.com/events/546900


We are in week 2 of our “Made for Mission” series. We said last week that every person has been called by God for a mission.

You are not an accident or fluke but instead God’s masterpiece created for a purpose.


Ephesians 2:10 NIV
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


INTRO/REVIEW

With this mission you’ve got some options:

1. Some people completely ignore their mission in life or never seek to answer what it might be.

2. Other’s kind of flirt with their mission. Every once in a while they accidentally live out part of their purpose but only for a short time. Their heart beats fast and they think to themselves, “I really love _______.” Then life gets busy and they fall back into the daily grind of everyday life.

3. Some people actively pursue the mission God made them for. They find it because God’s not hiding it from them. They reach out to people, intentionally focused on encouraging, ministering and showing God’s love.

We want to be in lifestyle #3. That’s the goal of these few weeks, that we would literally live our lives ON the mission we were made for.


Our big point from last week was that “We are all called.” Ministry is not for a select few but for all Jesus followers. Since that’s the case, then the obvious next thing is to ask, “So, what am I called to?” or “What is my mission?”


Luke 9:51 NIV
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.


What does RESOLUTELY mean?

RESOLUTELY: determined, and unwavering manner. Another way of saying it would be: steadfastly, set His face, determined, made up His mind, with intention - he set His face to go

Jesus was a man on a mission. (John 17:4)

He resolutely set out to lay down his life for the sake of other’s salvation. With great intentionality and courage He knew where He was going and that his life was bigger than himself. It’s interesting earlier in the chapter He shared point blank what that meant for anyone that would follow Him.


Luke 9:23-24 NIV
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.


Jesus made it clear that the mission of those who would follow Him was the same as His. Followers must lay down their lives on a daily basis for the sake of others being saved. This isn’t just a one time event, this is the mission of our lives on a daily basis from now till Jesus returns. Our mission is way bigger than ourselves or even the people we serve, it’s part of a worldwide movement that Jesus started.


This worldwide movement faces obstacles. I think one of Satan’s most powerful tools to get Jesus follower’s off mission is the weapon of DISTRACTION.

Can we all agree, we live in a distracted culture? The truth is, most of us aren’t out there committing sin after sin and aren’t bad people. We are just busy people. We aren’t on mission like we should be or would like to be… because we are so busy, so distracted.

In a recent survey put out by Lifeway, 80% of church-goers said they believe they have a personal responsibility in sharing their faith BUT 61% say that they haven’t in the past six months. So the majority of us know what the mission is and the importance of it but somehow it doesn’t impact the way we live.


Luke 9:57-62 NIV
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”


From this passage, Jesus identifies and calls out 3 Distraction Missions that will pull us away from the mission Jesus has made us for.

1. The Mission of Comfort

2. The Mission of Commitments

3. The Mission of Competition


The mission that God has called us to must be seen as a reward and not a regret. He wants us to step forward into, press in, and embrace His calling, His confidence and joy, and not be looking back with uncertainty and anxiety.


Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


There are lots of things in our lives that are competing with God’s mission. Making money, appearing successful in the world’s eyes, having everything you want, staying healthy, having your kids turn out perfectly. Many of these things are great, but do they ever compete with what God’s mission of resolutely walking with him no matter the cost.


Simply saying that you will follow him is not enough. The primary characteristic he is looking for in His followers is Humility. Will I lay down my own comforts, other commitments and things that compete for my time, treasure and talents to resolutely follow Jesus?

We need to seriously ask and respond to what God reveals:

God, do I have any distracting missions in my life that I need to die to today?

1. Are there any comforts that you have made more important than Christ?

2. Are there any other commitments that you’ve been saying, “but first,” before you can fully follow Christ’s call on your life?

3. Are there any competing missions that might be good but have become more important than your calling to know Christ and make him known?

I am praying for you and asking God to help you connect to His purpose for your life. May God richly bless His mission through your life.

Made for Mission Week 1: We are Called

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning January 6th, 2019.

These sermon notes are made available through the YouVersion free Bible app.
https://www.bible.com/events/542403


Today we are starting a new series titled “Made for Mission.” I believe this is a timely Word for us. Timely because chaos seems to be ever increasing, suffering is prevalent, the enemy is stealing, killing and destroy many lives. The truth of God’s love can change lives and we have a part to play. We were made for a mission. A life-changing mission.

SURVEY: Stanford University did a study recently to find out if people truly desired happiness or meaningfulness. The result of their study showed: ultimately what people really wanted was a life that had meaning.

>People are seeking a purpose in their lives that is part of something bigger. Bigger than wealth…

>People also want their life to be about something good.

We were made for a mission. Over the next 6 weeks we are going to spend some time figuring that out for our life.


Matthew 9:9 NIV
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him


That Jesus approached Matthew says so much. Tax collectors were seen in that culture as the worst of the worst. Tax collectors were not liked, they represented the oppressive rule of Rome and collected taxes for Rome. People hated them. If we could go back in time and freeze frame this scene and then pick out of the hundreds of people there who would be the last person Jesus would pick to train up and send out to change the world it would be Matthew. Think NFL Draft first pick first round, nobody uses their pick for a backup punter. That’s Matthew, the backup punter.


This is incredibly significant for us? If Matthew is called then that means we are all called. There is a widespread myth in the churches that “calling into ministry” is a secondary experience that happens to only a few Christians. Their job is to do the ministry and everyone else's job is to just show up and foot the bill. Few lies cripple the mission more than that one. Each believer is called to share the gospel everywhere they go. The question is no longer whether we are called, only where and how.


You are called by God! He has chosen you to be an active part of his mission. Since you’re called, you need to start asking some big questions.

>Those in the business world—why did God make me good at business? Surely not just to fill up your life with all kinds of comforts so you can spend the last twenty years of your life on vacation.

He has given you talents as a means of blessing others and as a platform to spread the mission.

>If you’re a stay-at-home mom, ask yourself: What role do I play in the advance of the mission as I raise my kids?

>The same question applies if you work in construction, in an office, at fire department, a teacher or a student, anywhere… God may have not put you in a vocational pastor position but He has put you on the frontlines for mission. The word “vocation” actually comes from the Latin word voca, which means “to call.” What if you started seeing your job as an actual calling from God.


Don’t miss the point here. God isn’t calling us to simply “Do Something”. Look at Jesus’ invitation to Matthew. He doesn’t say, “get in line” or “do what I do.” He simply says, “Follow Me.”

The idea of following is to learn his ways, walk, talk, think, respond as Jesus (the teacher) would. This is relational. Jesus invites Matthew first and foremost into a relationship with him. The relationship was not the by product of them doing ministry together, the relationship was the assignment. The ministry is what would come from them spending time together. The Christian life is not about doing stuff for God but being in relationship with God. We aren’t to hide it. We are to bring it in to the relationships we have with people so that they may experience His love, care and compassion through you.

From Matthew’s point of view he’s obviously shocked that Jesus approached him, but it’s also remarkable how Matthew got up immediately with no questions asked. Why drop everything? He had a good paying job, most of Israel was living below the poverty line. He seemingly didn’t have to work hard. (He’s just sitting there) He was a part of something bigger. (the Roman Empire probably had a good retirement plan)


Jesus invitation is from sitting to following. (sitting to serving) Replay scene for a moment.

>Matthew is just sitting there. (sit down on a stool)

>Then Jesus walks up. (Get up and play role of Jesus before sitting back down)

>What does Jesus call on Matthew’s life require of Matthew? Movement! He must get up!

>He had to get up. He had to make a conscience decision to make a move. He couldn’t just stay in his seat and follow. The moment he took a step he was on mission but a step of faith was required.


For us, God is calling us to get off the sidelines and get in the game of being made for a mission. It will require you to consciously get up even if it may be a bit uncomfortable.


Matthew 9:10 NIV
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.


SO we see in verse 9 that Jesus calls Matthew, Matthew gets up and follows Jesus. But to where?



There is this fear that if I am all in, I give my “YES” to God then I may move to Africa or Antarctica. That could happen…but God more often says, “let’s just start with where I have you now.”

P.S. #1 - Jesus’s discipleship model moved from where the disciples were in Jerusalem to Judea, then outward to Samaria then the world.


This next scene takes place at Matthew’s house. Who probably provided/cooked the meal they were eating? Matthew.

Had Matthew probably had friends over to his house before? Yep, but this dinner would have felt different. Before he was

Matthew the tax collector but now he’s Matthew the missionary. His ability to BBQ is now being used for the mission of

God. When we go from sitting to following, God is going to internally start changing the way we start seeing things in our lives.


God wants to transform how you use your resources.

God has blessed us with stuff that can be used for mission. Matthew used his house and food to be on mission. The same is true for us. You’ll look at your finances differently. You’ll look at your possessions differently.


God wants to transform how we see our relationships.

Matthew possibly had many meals with his tax collector buddies prior to this meal with them, but this one was different. Jesus was there…

Why even have a meal together? What was the motive? How do you think Matthew introduced Him? Hey friends, this is Jesus, the Messiah. He changed my life today. My sins were forgiven —you could have that happen too.

What do you think the conversations sounded like? Maybe he thought that they too could experience a different life by following Jesus… Here’s what I do know:

When you join God in a life on mission, you begin to realize that none of your friendships or even acquaintances are coincidental.

God has placed people in your life and you should desperately want what happened to you to happen to them. At some point all of us had someone tell us about God—it is quite significant when we we realize that we get to do the same thing for others.


Jesus transforms lives. Jesus transformed Matthew from a man who needed a savior to a man who not only trusted Jesus as His savior but became a voice that revealed hope, love and peace.

Matthews willingness to be a vessel, an instrument of change has touched many lives. How many millions have been saved through his writings?

God wants you on mission as well. You have no idea the impact God might want to make through your life.

You’ve been called by God and made for a mission. What if every one of us simply had the attitude of “one more.” Jesus, would you use me to reach just one more person? If we all did that, the light of God’s love would shine forth…we’d change the lives of many…


2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.