Recognize who is missing
Realize what is really going on
React quickly "the father ran quickly to His son"
Reconnect them with the community the pack
Wage war against isolation
It is either Gods will be done & his kingdom come or the enemies plan
Which camp does the concept of unfriending someone sit in?
A Community Committed to one another is a rare commodity
Transactional vs Transformational
Looking out for one another vs looking out for one another
15 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! 3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
The objective of the enemy of your life is to separate you from the pack to isolate you from
Gods agenda is exactly the opposite
Fight for Unity
Have you ever reached out your hand to someone only to feel like you have it cut off
At what point do you stop reaching, stop searching for that sheep? What is your threshold?
RESIST THE DEVIL and he will flee James 4:7
Refuse to be moved
Too many people flee instead of resisting this causes us to be scattered and easily taken down
There is safety in the midst of the pack but separate from it you are vulnerable
1. Be Intentional
2. Be an Initiator
3. Be Inclusive
4. Be Incorruptible
5. Be an Investor
If you feel like the outsider know that You are loved
Jesus is the stone the builders rejected he knows what it is for people to turn their back on him but he will never leave you or forsake you and he is the cornerstone of the community called the church; the center of the pack.
Where do you find yourself in the herd? On the fringe or right in the middle holding firm to the cornerstone?
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[i]), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
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