The Bridge Community Church North
You Found Me: Relationship Merge
September 20, 2020

You Found Me: Relationship Merge

September 20, 2020

YOU FOUND ME – 2

RELATIONSHIP MERGE

 

Jesus’ mission to seek and save that which is lost

Re-enchanted with what God has done

And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”  Mark 4:41 ESV 

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.   Mark 5:1-2

And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”   Mark :5 6-7

And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.  Mark 5:9-13

And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region.  Mark 5 :15-17

As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.  Mark 5:18-20

One ° Rule: Pick a number between one and 10 to describe the level of their passion and pursuit of witness over the last month and to what degree 1= stone cold apathic, 10=red-hot 

Three strategies:

 1.  Members build relationships with people in the community 

2.  Bridge people who simultaneously belong to church and community

         A. Deep abiding faith and love for Jesus 

         B. Deep love for their church 

         C. Model belonging through investing in community 

         D. Also willing and intent on being influenced by others

3.  Focus on unique needs and cares of community, constantly thinking about new innovative ways to engage community

 

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