Christmas Outreach: Remain Committed Despite Difficulties

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

#4 -- Your small group must overcome difficulties.

When the four friends saw the path to Jesus blocked, they had every reason to feel discouraged, but they didn't give up. They looked for another way to bring the man to Jesus.

Everybody gets discouraged at times. But in order to share Jesus with our friends, we must persist through those difficulties. I remember a small group at Saddleback who prayed for a lost friend for two years before that person made a commitment to Jesus. I know that man is glad the small group didn't give up after a year and a half of prayer.

Jesus told a parable about seeds falling to the ground. Some of the seeds never developed deep roots and so they fell away once they encountered problems. (Matthew 13:21) But Jesus wants us to deepen our faith in him so we can "produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!" (Matthew 13:23 NLT)


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