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Inside Out – Part 6

“INSIDE OUT” (Part 6)

REVIEW/INTRO: We’re called to impact the marketplace by (Luke 10): 1) Bless by speaking peace (vv. 5-6), 2) Fellowship (vv. 7-8), 3) Minister to felt needs (v. 9a), and 4) Proclaim the gospel (v. 9b).

I. MARKETPLACE PERSPECTIVES

  1. In the Bible, God mostly chose marketplace people.
  2. Jesus was a tradesman in the marketplace (Mark 6:2-3).
  3. Jesus’ parables were often about life in the marketplace.
  4. Jesus hung around people from all walks of life.
  5. Marketplace people supported Jesus’ ministry (Lk. 8:1-3).
  6. Paul supported his ministry as a tentmaker (Acts 18:1-3).
  7. We’re to go to where the people are (Matt. 28:18-19).
  8. Look for the people responding to your speaking peace.
  9. You will have to make room in your schedule for this!

II. FELLOWSHIP WITH THOSE YOU’VE BEEN BLESSING (v. 7-8)

  1. Focus on only a few.
  2. Be persistent and patient – don’t give up prematurely.
  3. True relationship involves mutuality (giving & receiving).
  4. Jesus was a friend of sinners (Matt. 11:19; Luke 19:5).

III. WHY RELATIONSHIP BEFORE PROCLAMATION?

  1. To help establish a level of trust.
  2. To show unconditional love and acceptance.

IV. WAYS TO FELLOWSHIP (Prov. 18:24)

  1. Get to know them.
  2. Show interest in what interests them.
  3. Invite them to do what you like to do.
  4. Offer to help them with a practical task.
  5. Invite them over for a meal or dessert (play games, etc.).
  6. Be led by the Spirit.

V. PRINCIPLES OF RELATIONSHIP

  1. 4 Levels: Acquaintance, Casual, Close and Covenant.
  2. What determines the level of relationship?
    1. The RISK Factor – higher level, greater risk of hurt.
    2. “T” Factors – Time, Transparency, Trust & Tolerance.
  3. How do we go deeper? Risk more, invest more of the “T” factors, be confidential, loyal, trustworthy, forgiving, love unconditionally & resolve conflict rather than run from it.