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Feed My Sheep

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Review:
What does it take to become a “Jesus Follower of Faith that Expands God’s Kingdom?”
Monday: Bible Believers
Tuesday: Disciple Makers
Wednesday: God Pleasers
What is the one thing that you must have to please God? Faith
Every person must choose one of two paths in their life. What are the two paths? The broad way of destruction. The narrow way of the Lord.
Introduction:
Today we are talking about being a Community Engager. A Community Engager is someone that finds ways to build new relationships with the people around him.
Pastor Chris is a Community Engager. He has made Massi Corner a place for the community.
School for the Children
Water for people to drink
Electricity to the village
Churches for people to worship
So how can you become a Community Engager in the place that you live.
There is a danger in thinking that you need money to be a community engager.
I want us to look at a story together this morning in . It is the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Jesus was a community engager. And those that follow him must also be community engagers.

To Be a Community Engager, You must be a disciple.

John 6:1–3 ESV
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.
John 6:1
There is a big difference in being a part of the crowd and being a disciple of Christ.
The crowd has no responsibilities they just watch what others do. But the disciples work with Christ to accomplish his will.
The crowd are following because they wanted something from Christ. But the disciples are following because the found something in Christ.
The disciples go up on the mountain to meet with the Lord, but the crowd just waits at the bottom.
The disciples know the Lord and have a special relationship with Jesus.
A community engager is a giver not a receiver.
The disciples sacrifice for the needs of the crowd.
The disciples are always giving, while the crowd is always receiving.

A Community Engager focuses on what he has, not what he doesn’t have.

John 6:5–6 ESV
Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
John 6:

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The danger is to think you have nothing to give.

Jesus already knows what he is going to do.
Jesus is the one with the power to change our community.
Jesus puts our faith to the test to see if we will trust him.
Not to see what we can do, but if we will trust him.
Our faith allows God to use us in his work.
John 6:7–9 ESV
Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
John 6:7-

What you have is enough in the hands of the Lord

John 6:11–12 ESV
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”
John 6:
When Jesus blesses what you have it is always more than enough.
You might not have money or food to give.
You might have hope, or healing, or faith, and love, encouragement, or bible understanding. God is not limited by money.
You can always give what has been freely given to you.
When you are a community engager you reveal power of Christ to the world.

A Community Engager is Pushed by the love of Christ.

Peter’s Betrayal.

Love is what pushes you to be a community engager.

John 21:15 ESV
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
John 21:
Your love for Jesus drives your compassion for other.
Your love for Jesus causes you to give yourself to others.

John 21:16 ESV
He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
John 21:17 ESV
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Conclusion:
Are you a Community Engager?
Jesus is asking you the same question: Do you love me?
Are you a part of the crowd or are you a disciple of Christ?
Do you give to the needs of others or are you a taker?
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