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Sermon June 16 2013

Sermon June 16 2013

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SERMON on CORE
SERMON on CORE

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Published by: Chain of Lakes Church on Jun 17, 2013
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Today is the third and final Sunday of a three week sermon series called Core. This is anEvangelism series, but I’m talking about Evangelism in a different way compared to how weoften think of Evangelism. Usually we think of Evangelism as inviting people, or going door-to-door, or sharing ministries that get the message of the church out. Evangelism is about bringing people to Christ or to the church. Evangelism is about the other person. This series is not aboutthe other person. It’s about us.The AIM of this series is for all of us to know with 100 percent certainty that God lovesus so that we can share that love with others. During this series I taught you that Evangelism or Outreach is six words. Remember the words. “Sharing-the-love-of-Jesus-Christ.” We share thatlove through our words, through our actions, through our relationships and through our ministries. When people who aren’t connected to God or to the church experience that lovethrough us, then they might be ready to get connected.The image in this series is Living Water. Each Sunday we’ve looked at the story of Jesusand the woman at the well in John 4. In the story Jesus offered Living Water to the woman whocame to the well. This Living Water is the love that God has for every person in the universe.SLIDEThe picture we’re sharing in this series is Old Faithful. This is the geyser inYellowstone National Park. The water comes out of the ground so consistently that it’s calledOld Faithful. It erupts every 91 minutes.As disciples of Jesus Christ our hope is this Living Water will come out of us as naturallyand consistently as Old Faithful.As your pastor my heart sings when I see this Living Water flow out of you. This week Ihad someone from Chain of Lakes share with me how they talked to a family member who wasgoing through a difficult time. During the conversation this person from our new church shared
 
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with her family member how deeply God loved her. She encouraged her to access that LivingWater that is inside of her. When I heard that story I couldn’t help but say, “Yay, God.” That’sevangelism. That’s sharing the love of Jesus Christ.We share this love through our ministries. This past Thursday night we had a SteeringCommittee meeting. After the Steering Committee I drove over to the Community Gardens onour property. Kate O’Brien and her husband Jeff were there. We had a wonderful conversation.Kate & Jeff said how much they love to come out to the gardens just to talk to the other peoplewho are gardening. Thursday night was so peaceful. If you want a place of peace just go out tothose gardens. Those gardens are a reflection of God’s love. We’re sharing something that wehave with the community to bring the community together.Let’s push this even farther and ask the “so what” question.So what difference does it make that God loves me. If someone came up to you andasked you on the spot, “so what difference does it make that God loves you,” what would your answer be?I would answer the question with four words. I encourage you write these four wordsdown. We have a Savior. So what difference does it make that God loves me?” I, we, our wrldhas a Savior. Today I’m going to explore what it means to say we have a Savior.With that introduction I want to encourage you to get out this brochure that is in the bulletin. This week in the devotion I shared a Bible Study about salvation. To say we have aSavior means that we are saved. We receive salvation. The Scriptures have all sorts of passagesabout being saved. I think you’ll be blessed if you use this. In this brochure you have a place totake notes. I believe that God might say something to you today that you’ll want to remember.On the back you have a place for prayer requests. I want to encourage us to keep Ruthann
 
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Coburn in our prayers. She has been struggling with her health. She told me this week that shehas a new wheel chair and it can ride for eight miles. She’s planning on riding her wheel chair over to Northpoint Elementary this Wednesday for the first Sundaes on Wednesday. What aninspiration. If she’s willing to ride a wheel chair to attend worship, I can do whatever it takes toattend worship.What does it mean to say we have a Savior? Let’s look at the story of the woman at thewell. At the beginning of the story a woman comes to the well at noon. She is hiding from her own community because of the shame she feels. We discover that she has had five husbands andis living with a man that isn’t her husband. When Jesus acknowledges this part of her she comesalive. She can tell that Jesus is a prophet. Jesus gave her Living Water.When the woman becomes known by Jesus she comes alive. She goes back into her village and tells the people about Jesus. She openly talked to the very people from whom shewas hiding. She brought others from the village to see Jesus. A group from the village goes tothe well to talk to him. They are all Samaritans. The Samaritans were so impressed with Jesusthat they invited him to their own village. Jesus took up the invitation. He stayed in their villagefor two days.For two days the Samaritans got to learn from Jesus. They got to hear his stories andlearn from his teaching. They got to experience the Living Water that he had for them. Jesusundoubtedly taught them about the Kingdom of God. At the end of those two days the people inthe village said this:SLIDEIt is no longer because of what you [the woman] said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.” John 4:42Look at the progression in the story. This is significant and worth writing down

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