February 14th Message: Discussion Points

Partners in Mission – The Lifestyle of Sharing

"Life is God’s gift to us. The way we live it is our gift to God”

God did not create us for our own pleasure. We are created to love and serve Him and others. We all have a purpose and a mission. To share, through our actions and words, the transformative work of Jesus.

Sharing is not:

  • Only for those with a degree in theology

  • Only for the well-educated

  • Only for those who are super bold

  • It is not only for certain strong believers

  • It is not about bringing people into the church

The disciples were not just ordinary people. They were very ordinary. Peter and Andrew were fishermen, poor, hard-working, not learned. Matthew was a tax collector, someone used to luxurious living. Zealots like Simon the Cananaean (Luke 6:16) would have seen Matthew as his complete opposite; someone who sold himself and his country into the hands of their oppressors. The zealots were willing to die for their country, their beliefs. These disciples are ordinary people who would normally hate each other, or at the least dismiss and ignore each other (1 John 4:7 – 21).

God sees potential in ordinary people. Potential only He can bring out.

Romans 12:2

Our Mission: Matthew 28:19 & 20

Jesus' instructions on sharing:

Luke 10:3 – 7

1. Why: Do not take an extra pair of sandals?

2. Why: Do not take a purse or bag?

3. Why: Do not move around from house to house?

4. Why: Do not greet anyone on the road (2 Kings 4:29)

A lifestyle of sharing:

Colossians 4:5 & 6

Sharing is not convicting: John 16:7 - 11

“Few people have ever been argued into Christianity”

“Our lives, our actions, will either attract people to, or repel people from Christianity.”

“Make the most of every opportunity”

Look for opportunities for service; within the church and in our daily lives.

Wisdom living our lives and speaking with others:

James 1:5

Proverbs 15:1; 2; 4; 7; 18; 23; 28; 33

Proverbs 12:18

1 Peter 3:10; 16

James 4:11

Titus 2:8

“Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.”