We want every Promisor to have heartbreak and burden for the lost.
Has anyone ever broken your heart? Have you lost an item that you would do anything to get back?
God weeps over the lost and wants our burden to reflect His. He will leave 99 who don’t need help for the 1 who does. Matthew 28:19-20 commissions us to tell others of Him. This is not something we do just once in our lifetime but every day as we are going about our lives. Jesus came to the world, modeled sharing the good news, and commanded His disciples to do the same. Do we believe that stopped with His disciples? They had a burden for the lost and were even willing to die to share what Jesus did for the world. If any of us have lost that passion, now it’s time to get it back.
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Matthew 9:35-38, Luke 10:1-2, Galatians 6:9
- Pastor talks about a proximity and laborer problem—not a harvest problem. After reading Matthew 9:35-38 and Luke 10:1-2, discuss how we can be better laborers. Discuss where the harvest is in your life.
- In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Paul becomes like those to whom he’s speaking. How can this translate to where you live, work, shop, and play? What’s involved in becoming more like the people around you so that you can share Jesus’ love? (Also, what is not involved? We are still called to be separate from the world.)
- Why should we share our faith and story? Why can’t we simply invite people to church, where the Pastor can share Jesus’ story in a much better way? (HINT: Jesus is more attractive than the church.)
- Jesus leaves the 99 that are safe for the 1 that is lost. Is there a lost one in your life? Make a list of those in your life (where you live, work, shop, and play) that you can begin praying for now, and share the gospel when you are able.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.