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Luke {Week 7} ~ Intentionally Seeking Out the Lost

Oh friends, God’s Word is SO rich and applicable to all of life!!  We’re so thrilled that you’ve made it to {Week 7} with us in our Luke study!!  Hang on tight and determine to finish well with us, will you?!

There is something very intentional about how Jesus follows through with His ministry on Earth.  He has been sent by God the Father with a job to do, and because He’s God, Jesus carries through with His ministry in perfect form.  There is MUCH we can learn about how Jesus {intentionally seeks out the lost} in Luke 7 this week.  Here’s what God has impressed upon my heart as I’ve studied:

 

{If you’re unable to see this video, you can view it here.}

1.  Jesus had an outwardly focused ministry.

Jesus consistently showed people who He was by putting His love and forgiveness into practice.  He looked outwardly to the needs around Him, and by ministering to the hurting and the broken in physical/tangible ways, people begin to recognize Him for who He is… the Messiah, who didn’t come to be served, but to serve.

*Our problem: We live in an inwardly-focused culture.  Who will serve me?  What can Jesus do for me? 

 

2. Jesus acted on available ministry opportunities.

Jesus was more than a talker, He was a do-er.  He didn’t walk past people and ignore their need for a Savior.  Instead, He walked through open doors and sacrificed His time and comfort to meet the needs of the hurting around Him.  He intentionally looked for opportunities to serve everywhere He went, and He followed through, because He was focused on the work that God had called Him to do.

*Our problem: We’re often busy, distracted and have a lack of priority for seeking out the lost. 

 

3.  Jesus accepted that He would be misunderstood by the world.

Jesus associated with the socially unacceptable, and loved those who were deemed unlovable by the world’s standards.  He was a man of no reputation, pursuing people instead of popularity. He came, not to promote Himself for selfish gain, but to humbly promote salvation through His work on the cross.

*Our problem: The sin of pride creeps in and obstructs our ministry.  Something is wrong when we become paralyzed from loving like Jesus because we’re more worried about how we’ll look to others.

 

Do you struggle in any of these areas, friend?  Or maybe you have a different obstacle to overcome when it comes to seeking out and loving the lost around you?  Sometimes, just having a PLAN can get our feet moving in the right direction when it comes to loving others like Jesus.

 

By God’s grace, how can YOU purpose to live more like Jesus this week, by following His example, and intentionally seeking out the lost?

 

“The Lord’s worker must have a vision for the future.  The Christian who is motivated and consumed

by God’s love will see needs that are not yet filled and opportunities that are not yet met. 

He cannot help planning ahead, looking for more ways to serve and more doors to open.”

~ John MacArthur

 

*Weekly Challenge: Make a list of 2-3 people in your life who don’t know Jesus, and begin praying intentionally for God to open doors for you to share His love with them!

 

“Praying at the same time for us as well,

that God will open up to us a door for the word,

so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ…”

~ Colossians 4:3

 

At His feet,

 

 

Week 7 Memory Verse Links

KJV – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/KJV%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

KJV B&W – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/KJV%20B%26W%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

NIV – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NIV%20-Luke%207.jpg

NIV B&W – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NIV%20B%26W%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

NKJV – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NKJV%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

NKJV B&W – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NKJV%20B%26W%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

NLT – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NLT%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

NLT B&W – Luke 7 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NLT%20B%26W%20-%20Luke%207.jpg

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Comments

  1. F.W. de Haas says:

    Mrs, on monday the 18th I began the last S.O.A.P.reading-plan from week 8. I’m looking for the new plan from week 9, beginning on monday the 25th. But I can’t find it. I’m looking wrong?
    Greetings Frida.

  2. Whitney- You challenge me so much to reach out beyond who I am. I am praying for these 2-3 people often, but I know I need to be more intentional and have more courage to move ahead and act on those prayers with God’s love in a physical way.

  3. Laurie Messer says:

    Thank you Whitney! It is my prayer as well as we reach the end of our study that I live more like Jesus. This has been a rich and deep study! My prayer also is to be more intentional in taking the opportunities and walking through the open doors that God places in my life to reach out to those who need Jesus. A light bulb went off in my head when you said to remember back to the time of our own life when we realized our own sinfulness and who Jesus is. To be brought back to that recognition is what should fuel my intentionality. To be able to give that gift of hope found in Jesus is a humbling opportunity. Thanks again, Whitney, for these reminders! God bless you!

  4. What a great idea…something I had never thought of…writing down the names of people we will purposefully reach out to! I love this and will purpose to do this! It makes such sense as the Holy Spirit works on the heart to be able to receive fully what God has for that person.

    An example of reaching out to the lost….many years ago when my family and I were stationed at F.E. Warren AFB…Cheyenne, WY my husband and I had part time jobs on the weekend so we could make ends meet. We would deliver newspapers to private residences and businesses. We would pack our kids and newspapers in the back of our van and go. Every weekend we went out we noticed a big population of homeless people spread throughout the city. My husband sat me down one day and pitched an idea that he felt was from God. He said he wanted to purchase a box full of pocket Bibles. We made up lunch sized paper bags with a pocket Bible, a drink, a danish and an apple or orange and gave them to every homeless person we came across. It was a small gesture however it was from our hearts and something we truly felt was of God. We prayed for those people and still do today. Doing something like that really gave us a heart felt compassion for the homeless. It changed our hearts.

  5. Thank you Whitney for encouraging us to live our lives reaching out to others and being intentional….just like Jesus!! Love this week’s challenge!!!

  6. Great thoughts Whitney! We see how compassionate Jesus is through the book of Luke, it really hits home.

  7. Dear Whitney,Your video this week is so good, that I am showing it to my discipleship group at church tomorrow night and I know that My sister in law who works with the homeless ministries will be bringing it to her bible studies. Thank you for an excellent video this week. I am appreciative of all of you at GMG.God Bless, Martine

  8. This was a challenging and timely reminder to get out of our comfort zones and seek the lost…beyond the “four walls” of the church. It’s so easy to become comfortable with our Christian friends, but oftentimes we forget there is a world hurting and in need out there. We have the solution. Thanks for this video.

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