There is a pull toward making church all about the church people. Good things can replace the great things God has for us.
Family on Mission
If the message of Jesus is for EVERYONE, the church should be for EVERYONE.
The church does not exist only for the sake of the people who are inside, but for those who are not inside yet.
Acts 2:46-47 // Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Mark 2:1-13 // A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
We are Access and we are:Chosen
“Let there be a law that no deformed child shall be raised.” - Aristotle
Son: Hapax Legomena
We are Access and we are:Forgiven
“Son, your sins are forgiven…”
“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
We are Access and we are:HealedWe are Access and we are:Roof Crashers
We will do anything short of sin to reach people for Jesus.