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Be a Tree

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Every single one of us is unique. We are all different, and yet we have more in common than we are different. Truth is there is no one like you.
Same is true for churches.

There is no church like RBBC

Matthew 28:19–20 HCSB
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We have a common mission, but how we carry that out is unique.
It changes from us to the church down the road.
It changes from time to time in the same church.
We have a responsibility to play our part and our special role in our community and around the world.
We need to understand that we don’t “do” church, we “are” the church.
We are to live “on mission” for the Lord. We can’t compartmentalize our living into sections.

We Must Live Led By the Spirit

Galatians 5:25 HCSB
Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.
Walking in step with His Will for each of our lives.
I often pray “ order our steps according to your word.”
We don’t just represent the Lord here when we meet together, or when we go out to do something like a “Bash,”
We always are his representatives, His ambassadors. the GO of the Great Commission can be seen “as you are going”
What’s the difference in

Good Intentions or Intentional?

Good intentions plans to do… plans to give… plans to hand out an invite.... plans to talk to someone who needs the Lord.
Intentional puts following Christ at the foundation of all we do.
Intentional looks for where God is at work and jumps in.
Intentional wants to point people to Christ the same way Christ led people to follow Him.

Jesus Was About People

Luke 19:1–10 HCSB
He entered Jericho and was passing through. There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man. So running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus, since He was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.” So he quickly came down and welcomed Him joyfully. All who saw it began to complain, “He’s gone to lodge with a sinful man!” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, I’ll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord! And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I’ll pay back four times as much!” “Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus told him, “because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”
Familiar story but let’s note some things about this.
Jericho was a significant city.
Zacchaeus was an unlikely candidate. There are people all around you that might seem like poor candidates for the Lord, but you don’t know what God may be up to.
God was at work in his heart.
He needed help “seeing” Jesus.
Jesus was willing to touch his life.
The self-righteous crowd turned their noses up.
Evidence was seen of an immediately changed life.
The SON of MAN came to seek and to save the lost.

Be a Tree

Next Sunday is “Back to Church” Sunday.
This is your chance to be the sycamore tree and help someone see Jesus.
Who can you be a tree to this week?
Who is already on your heart that needs to know the transforming grace and power of Jesus?
Who is your Zac?
Don’t forget these invites and bracelets...
Good intentions will get one. being intentional will put one in Zac’s hand this week.
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