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What Would Jesus Have Me Do

What Would Jesus Have Me Do

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A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.
A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.

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What Would Jesus Have Me Do?
DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
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NTRODUCTION
SinceJesus’primaryadvicetousabouthowweshouldliveis“
FollowMe
,”thebestanswertowhatHewantsustodo(inandwithourlives)canbefoundbylookingatwhatHedidwithHisdaysonearth.Hislife‐exampleisnotasintimidatingas wemightsuppose.JustasHedidandtaughtnothing
onHisown
,wecandonothing(thatreallycountsforanything)
onourown
(seeJohn
5:19;
30
and
15:4‐5). AstheFathersentHimintotheworld,soJesushassentus(John
17:18).LikeHim, weareanointedwiththeHolySpirittodoveryparticularthings(Isaiah
61):1.
 
Preachgoodnewstotheafflicted—thosewhohavebeenbroughtlowbylife.2.
 
Bindupthebrokenhearted—thosewhoselivesarefragmentedanddon’taddup.3.
 
Deliverthecaptives—thosestuckinordominatedbydistortedthoughtpatterns.4.
 
Comfortthemourning—thosewhogrieveoverwhatislostormissingintheirlives.
 
What Would Jesus Have Me Do?
DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
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 JesuskeptmakingclearthatHisaudience‐of‐choice,thekindsofpeopleHe wantedmosttospeakwith,werethoseinneedofhealing:
 Jesussaid,"Itisnotthosewhoarehealthywhoneedaphysician,butthosewhoaresick;Ididnotcometocalltherighteous,butsinners
(Mark2:17).
Overandover,Hereachedouttodiscouragedfishermen,outcastandshunnedlepers,invalids,greedytaxcollectorsand
runofthemill 
sinners(seeLuke5). Jesushadanindiscriminateministryofmercyandgoodtoeveryone(exceptthereligiousproud):
“YouknowofJesusofNazareth,howGodanointedHimwiththeHolySpiritandwithpower,andhowHewentaboutdoinggood,andhealingallwhowereoppressedbythedevil;forGodwaswithHim.”Acts10:38
Heunderstoodourtruecondition—thatweareallfrayedinoursouls,allflungdownandaboutlikediscardedrags:peoplewithouthope,sheepwithoutshepherdstocareforandaboutus.Seeingevenbeyondourhumanconditionofhurtandbrokenness,Jesusknewtheprimarycauseofeverythingwronginthe world.Thatiswhy,morethanforanyotherpurpose,Jesuscameintotheworldtotakeawaysin.
ButnowapartfromtheLawtherighteousnessofGodhasbeenmanifested,beingwitnessedbytheLawandtheProphets,eventherighteousnessofGodthroughfaithinJesusChristforallthosewhobelieve; forthereisnodistinction;forallhavesinnedandfallshortofthegloryofGod,beingjustifiedasagiftbyHisgracethroughtheredemptionwhichisinChristJesus;”Romans3:21‐24
“ForGodhasshutupallindisobediencethatHemightshowmercytoall.”Romans11:32"ForGodsolovedtheworld,thatHegaveHisonlybegottenSon,thatwhoeverbelievesinHimshouldnotperish,buthaveeternallife.ForGoddidnotsendtheSonintotheworldtojudgetheworld,butthattheworldshouldbesavedthroughHim."John3:16‐17
 Anotherofthemostobvious,yetmostoverlookeddoingsofJesusonearthwascalling,nurturingandsendingdisciplestodotootherswhatHehaddonetothem.Fromamongthemany,Hechoseafew:
 
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DanielA.Brown,PhD
ctw.coastlands.org
"YoudidnotchooseMe,butIchoseyou,andappointedyou,thatyoushouldgoandbearfruit,andthatyourfruitshouldremain,thatwhatever youaskoftheFatherinMyname,Hemaygivetoyou."John15:16
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Bottomline,JesussimplytoldpeopleaboutwhatGodwantedtodoforthem;andHedemonstratedGod’sheartbyactuallydoingthingsforpeopleinGod’sName.Godlovespeople;Hereallywantstodothingsforthem,andHewantstouseusasHisagentsonearth.RecognizingthatwewillnotbeasgoodaswewouldliketobeatdoingwhatHewouldlikeustodo,whatsimplepatternsofministrycanwefollow?RememberthepassionofGod’sheart;thatHiswholebeingisfilledwithloveandcompassionandforgivenessforpeople.
ForIamconvincedthatneitherdeath,norlife,norangels,nor principalities,northingspresent,northingstocome,norpowers,norheight,nordepth,noranyothercreatedthing,shallbeabletoseparateus fromtheloveofGod,whichisinChristJesusourLord.”Romans8:38
‐39
“ButwhenthekindnessofGodourSaviorandHisloveformankindappeared,Hesavedus,notonthebasisofdeedswhichwehavedoneinrighteousness,butaccordingtoHismercy,bythewashingofregenerationandrenewingbytheHolySpirit…”Titus3:4‐5“AndwehavecometoknowandhavebelievedthelovewhichGodhasforus.Godislove...”
1John4:16a
 
TellaboutGod’slife‐transformingpower—thatHehastheauthoritytooverrideanylifecircumstance.
"Andasyougo,preach,saying,'Thekingdomofheavenisathand.'" Matthew10:7 
 
ShareaboutGod’seternaltruth—thatHisword,writtensolongago,haspresent‐dayapplicabilitytolife.
“AndJesuscameupandspoketothem,saying,‘Allauthorityhasbeen giventoMeinheavenandonearth.Gothereforeandmakedisciplesofall 

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