Wednesday, July 13, 2022 6:30pm Service(Audio/Video)
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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
July 13, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Subject
Reaching Our Community
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Reaching Our Community

We Need to Learn to Fish for Souls Like Jesus

“Come along with me and I will show you how to fish for the souls of men.” Matthew 4:19

Church growth is not adding Christians from other churches.

Jesus’ Strategy of Fishing for People

1.We need to Know what and who we are fishing for.

We must clearly identify who we’re trying to reach. It takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.

No Church can reach everybody!

Jesus had a clear evangelistic target: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” Matthew 15:24

Paul had a clear evangelistic target: “I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews.” Galatians 2:7

Jesus gave the disciples a clear evangelistic target: “Don’t go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.” Matthew 10:5-6

How to Define our target; We need to ask

Geographically: How many people live in this area?

Demographically: What kind of people live in this area?

Culturally: What are their values, interests and fears? (Best Source – Personal survey)

Spiritually: What do they already know about the gospel? Determine their religious background.

Fact: All unchurched people are not alike!

We need to personalize our target and develop a profile of our typical unchurched residents.

The more defined your target is the easier it is to reach him.

2. We need to Learn to think like a fish.

The Bible says, “Jesus knew what they were thinking…” Matthew 9:4; 12:25 – Mark 2:8 Luke 5:22; 9:47; 11:17

In Matthew 10:16, Jesus says, “I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

“Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers…” Colossians 4:5

The Problem: The longer I am a believer, the less I think like an unbeliever.

“Resistance” is often just poor communication.

If you don’t ask the right questions, you won’t get the right answers.

If you don’t get the right answers, you won’t develop the right strategy.

If you don’t develop the right strategy, you won’t get the right results.

3. We need to Go Where the fish are.

Our target determines our approach.

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.” Luke 10:8

“To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews…In the same way, when working with Gentiles, I live like a Gentile…in order to win the Gentiles. I become all things to all people, that I may save some of them by whatever means are possible.” 1st Corinthians 9:20-22

“Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.” 1st Corinthians 9:22

Jesus’ standard approach: He didn’t have one.

The needs of unbelievers should Determine our outside programs.

“Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

“Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:51; Luke 18:41

Anyone can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his heart.

The Key: Felt Needs. Nobody ever becomes a Christian until he first recognizes a need.

Before you can share the Good News, you must first capture their attention.

Our church will never grow beyond our capacity to meet needs.

The felt needs of the unchurched are primarily: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Emotional and Relational

Everybody needs love, acceptance, wants meaning in their life, needs purpose, forgiveness, self-esteem, and needs to know that their life matters.

The mind set of unbelieves determines our Strategy.

“Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves!” Matthew 10:16

“The people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” Luke 16:8

The culture of unbelievers determines our Style.

Key question: Who are we trying to impress? Are we trying to impress other Christians? Are we trying to impress and communicate with the lost in our community? Please God!!

4. We need to Find fish that are Hungry.

Focus on the most receptive audience in the area.

“If a home or town refuses to welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake its dust off your feet.” Matthew 10:14

“Jesus told him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Mark 12:34

God has called us to feed sheep not corral goats.

Growing churches focus on reaching receptive people.

Non- growing churches focus on re-enlisting inactive people.

Who are typically the most receptive people?

Those in transition. Those under tension.

5. We need to Use More than one hook.

Offer people choices. The more hooks you use, the more fish you catch.

“I become all things to all people so that I may save some of them by whatever means are possible.” 1st Corinthians 9:22

We live in a world full of choices!

Saturation Evangelism: Using every available means to reach every available person at every available time.

 
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