Find Your Stride, Week 2

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Journey Church

  • Sharing our faith with others it God’s plan for growing His church. Three ways we can do that are:
    • INVITE someone to church
    • TELL them your story
    • SHARE the gospel
  • Today we are focusing on INVITING
  1. Why should we invite a friend to church?
    • Reasons we should NOT invite a friend to church:
      • Because we want to make our church BIGGER
        • It’s not about stats it’s about people. Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story matters to God.
      • Because we think something’s wrong with you
    • The reason we invite our friends to church = Because Jesus makes our lives better and He makes us better at life.
      • BIG REASON: Jesus is better experienced than explained.

The Gospels record lots of moments of invitation, when Jesus invited others to follow Him or to come and see what He was doing. One of those moments is recorded in John 4 (741)

2.  The Woman at the Well – John 4 (741)

He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 

  • Some of your greatest opportunities will come at unexpected or inopportune moments

Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

  • Jesus extends her an invitation / conversation about water
  • Water = temporary satisfaction / what are you looking to for satisfaction?
    • For the woman, it was relationships

16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.

  • Jesus: I knew you didn’t have a husband – and I knew about your past when I extended My invitation to you. There is nothing you could do on this earth that could affect your worth.
  • In this conversation, Jesus knew her situation, knew her pain – He paid attention to who she was – and He seized the opportunity to invite her to experience new life

How do we know when/how to invite others? How do we seize the moment?

3.  The Three NOTs

    • The Power of Habit / 60% of our day is out of habit, not decision / why do we have the habits we have? / because of the cues we pay attention to
      1. If you want to change your habits you have to change the cues
      2. Keystone habits – significant habits that impact our behavior in an area
    • The keystone habit in finding your stride is INVITING. When you do it, you’ll find yourself in more conversations where you can help people take a step toward Christ.
    • Three “cues” (from Northpoint Church)
      • NOT going well
        • Marriage, health, child having trouble, kids making bad decisions, business isn’t good, etc.
      • NOT prepared
        • Having kids, marriage, empty nest, divorce, new job, responsibilities
      • NOT in church

We need to pay attention to the cues. The cues will show you the whos.

28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

  • She became an inviter / found people find people

39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”

  • He stayed two days / many more were invited
  • This process has happened over and over and over again for centuries

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