Genesis 45:1-15, Isaiah 56:1-8, Matthew 15:21-28
Have you ever noticed that Jesus initiated, even generated ministry? He did not wait passively for opportunities to come to him; rather he created opportunities; he created windows for people to approach him.
- Before most people will become friends with God they must become friends with God’s people.
- Very Important Phrase: Matthew 15. “And after that his brothers talked with him.”
3 Words for today…
To know what the Lord expects of you is to get: Ready!
Joshua 3:13 (NLT) The priests will carry the Ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
To know what the Lord expects of you is to get: Set…
1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV) 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
- Being ready and set is not as easy as it sounds when we try to do it on our own.
John 14:26 (NLT) But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
To know what the Lord expects of you is to: Go:
Three words describe every church’s attitude toward “those who are distant.”
· Believe · Behave · Belong
• But Wesleyans (and more importantly Jesus) say:
you can Belong – then you’ll Believe – and then Behave.
Holiness Legacy: Power of Friendship Cards is how you can Get from Here to there!