“A Shared Passion”
Why does HopeCC exist?
- A salty church invests in the eternal well-being of the people it loves.
- While some churches are too internally focused, others are too externally focused.
- A healthy church seeks to strike a balance between the two!
How can we become a more ″outreach″ focused congregation?
Matthew 4:19 NKJV Then He said to them, ″Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.″
An ″outreach″ focused church…
1. Engages others personally.
Acts 1:8 NKJV But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.″
Mark 5:18-20 NKJV And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, ″Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.″ 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
2. Engages others respectfully.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
3. Engages others prayerfully.
Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
4. Engages others compassionately.
Psalm 145:8 NKJV The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
Matthew 9:36-38 NKJV But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, ″The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.″
5. Engages others convincingly.
1 Peter. 3:15 NKJV But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
6. Engages others urgently.
James 4:13-17 NKJV Come now, you who say, ″Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit″; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, ″If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.″ 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Jude 1:22 NKJV And on some have compassion, making a distinction;