Youth Pastor Matt Guldi
Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Community, week 10: From “What about me?” to “It’s not about me.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
8“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” saysthe Lord.
“And my ways are far beyondanything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher thanyour ways
and my thoughts higher thanyour thoughts.
Luke 10:25-37 NLT
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”[a]
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
Point: “What about me?” has to die
Luke 9:23 NLT
23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
Point: “It’s not about me, it’s about Him”
Matthew 9:36-38 NLT
36 When he saw the crowds, he hadcompassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep withouta shepherd. 37 He said to hisdisciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is incharge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT
6 Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
7 Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.