Essential Church - Part 2 of 3



“Essential Commands”
Series: “Essential Church”
(Part 2 of 3)


“Jesus did not tell them anything without illustrating it with a story.” -Matthew 13:34 


“Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:25


Our Mission:
To know Christ and to make Him known


“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)


WHY “Make Christ Known”?

1. Because we want every “ONE” to have what we have:                            


When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” -Matthew 9:36-38 (NIV)


2. Once upon a time, every ONE of us was a “               ”.


“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” -1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)


3. Because caring for the soul of our ONE makes us                                          


“And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ -Luke 15:5-6 (NIV)


“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” -Matthew 9:38 (NIV)



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Digging Deeper
Read: Matthew 9:35-38 

1. What is the most expensive or most valuable thing you have ever lost? Did you find it? What motivated you to find what was lost?


2. What motivated Jesus to minister to the people in the ways He did (Matt. 9:36)? Do we share the same motivation?


3. Why do you think Matthew describes the crowds as helpless, like sheep without a shepherd? (Matt. 9:36-38)


4. Why do you think the Lord’s harvest workers are so few?


5. If the harvest is plentiful, what implications should the reality of the workers being so few have on our life?


6. How do the needs of the people in Jesus’ day compare to those in our community today? What do they have in common?


7. Knowing that Jesus left the ninety-nine to find the one, what in your life needs to change this week for you to take steps to reach your one?

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