Christmas Outreach: Be Willing To Pay The Cost

Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, 'Friend, I forgive your sins.' Luke 5:18-20 (Msg)

Seven ways a small group can reach people for Jesus

#7 -- Your small group must be willing to pay the cost to bring someone to Jesus.

These four men wouldn't have made a hole in the roof unless they were willing to fix it. They had to pay the cost of bringing their friend to Jesus.

Bringing a friend to Jesus always requires sacrifice. For many small groups that means sacrificing their own comfort within the group. Many people have become so comfortable within their small groups that they are afraid of adding new people and messing up the group dynamics.

Before our friends will come to Jesus, they need to see us get out of our comfort zones. But we know that reaching others for Jesus is of eternal significance - it is the most important thing we can do for God while we are here on earth.

Therefore, this Christmas season, "pray that the Master's Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you." (2 Thessalonians 3:1 MSG)

And then be an instrument of that prayer, doing the work required to bring others to Jesus.


Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

SIGN UP FOR PASTOR RICK’S FREE DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

SIGN UP FOR DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

Special Offer

InvisibleWar-gift-bottom-left_mini

The Invisible War Study Kit

Do you ever feel tired, drained or “beat-up” and just don’t know why? That’s because every day you’re fighting an unseen spiritual war. You can’t see it, but its effects are very real. In his 7 session Study Kit “The Invisible War: Winning the Battle of Temptation," Pastor Rick will teach you how to overcome the three predictable types of temptations that Satan uses to entice and defeat you: Passion, Possession, and Position.

REQUEST YOUR COPY

On the Radio

InvisibleWar-currentseries-bottom-right

The Invisible War Audio Series

Why is everything in life so hard? Why does doing the right thing often feel like a battle? In this new series, Pastor Rick shares insights from God’s Word about the unseen spiritual forces working against us; the invisible war between good and evil. This series will help you win the battle within.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series