Week of 3/20/2016

INVEST AND INVITE   

SERMON OVERVIEW

Found Find people! God not only saved us into a new life but he invites us to be part of His purpose of reaching a lost world. As we embrace Jesus Last words to His disciples and us, we have the opportunity to go into our world and share the hope that Jesus brings to a lost world. We must embrace our purpose by living attractive lives, building authentic relationship, share our story and invite people to a relationship with Jesus.  

KEY PASSAGES

John 1:35-42 
Matthew 28:19-20 
Ephesians 3:10  
1 Corinthians 14:24-25 
Ephesians 4:11-12 
Romans 10:13-14 
John 12:32 
Romans 10:9

GOAL FOR THIS SESSION: 

In this session we will discover our role in reaching the lost world by investing and inviting in those we come in contact with everyday. Found people, Find People! 

KEY POINTS:  

1. Found People Find People.  

John the Baptist introduced his disciples to Jesus. Andrew after meeting Jesus, went to his brother Peter and lead him to meet Jesus. Once you meet Jesus your heart will be to lead others to Him.  

John 1:35-42
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.  
38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. 
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter.

2. We exist to lead people step by step into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.     

We are a Great Commission people so we are a great commission church. God’s heart is to reach lost people, so as we walk with him our hearts will be to reach lost people.  

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28: 19-20  

3. We reach through the weekend service.  

Statistically, most people give there lives to Jesus and are saved during a weekend service. At The Fountains we leverage the opportunity of the weekend service by strategically by gearing them to reach lost people.   It is not that we don’t want owners to get something out of the service we just don’t want them to think about it first when they come into the door.    

His intent was that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known...” - Ephesians 3:10  
“I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.” - Psalm 122:1  
 “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” - Ephesians 4:11-12  
For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? - Romans 10:13-14 (NKJV) 

4. How Can we win people for Christ?

In order to reach the world, we have to accept the responsibility and embrace our role of going into our world and investing in authentic relationships, sharing our story and inviting people to receive Jesus as their savior. If you don’t feel qualified to lead them to Jesus invite them to The Fountains. 

If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people unto me.  John 12:32 (KJV)  
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9

LIFE GROUP LESSON

DISCUSSION

Use the questions provided in each session to facilitate your group’s discussion and application of each topic.   

GET GOING
  • ASK: “How did you begin to attend the Fountains?  

Read John 1:35-42 

  • Why was Andrew’s first response to go and tell his brother about the messiah?  

  • What does Found People Find People mean to you?  

  • What are the 3 types of People that attend The Fountains?  

GET DEEP

Read Matthew 28:19-20
  • What would your last words to your loved ones be?   

  • Why would Jesus choose these last words to tell those he loves?   

  • Who is Jesus talking to in this passage?  

Key Point One: Found People Find People.  

Read Ephesians 3:10   
  • As a group take a moment and understand this verse by rewording it using the same meaning but different words. Example replace the word Manifold with the word reflection. They means the same but give a clearer meaning to the verse.  

  • How does it make you feel to hear that as an Owner at the Fountains that Sunday mornings are not for you?  

  • Does the son’s poor decisions or bad circumstance surrounding him take away from the fact that he needs to make a change? That doesn’t mean that we don’t want you to get anything out of the service it’s just we don’t want you to think about you first. 

Key Point Two: Our Purpose is to lead people step by step into a growing relationship with Jesus.   

  • How do we build our weekend services to reach the lost?  

  • How can you serve this up coming weekend to help fulfill the Great Commission at The Fountains?  

Key Point Three: We use the weekend service to reach the lost   

Read John 12:32 
  • How do we practically and not religiously lift Jesus up in our personal world or circle of influence?  

  • How important is it to build authentic relationships with others?  

  • Have you ever had the opportunity to share with some one how God has allowed you to share your story in a particular situation to help others?  

  • How easy is it to invite some one to attend a service at The Fountains?  

Key Point Four: How can we win people for Christ?

NEXT STEP

Help your Group identify and take their next steps with Jesus. Pray with them and for them. Ask them about their next steps later this week.  

Are you a 100% sure there you will spend eternity?  

Today may be the day you need to take your first step by giving your heart to Jesus. He has been pursuing you.   

Have you embraced your role in God’s purpose to reach the lost? Your Next Step may to begin to live your life with the purpose of leading others step by step into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Are you currently serving as part of the Dream Team at the Fountains on the weekend? If not your Next Step is to jump in to serving by using the gifts God has given you to serve others. Go online to tff.church, click the Next Steps tab and find a ministry to be involved in. Once you have found a place to serve take a moment a fill out the serve form and submit it. Some one will be in contact with you soon.    

PRAY

Ask your group if they have someone they are inviting this weekend and pray for those people by name and for your group as they go out this week. Pray for your group to allow God to use them this week to go into their world and invest in the lives of others for the sake of leading them to Jesus.