Bring Your One.That’s the idea this Sunday! I’ve challenged you for several weeks by asking you the simple question, “Who’s Your One?” I’ve challenged you to diligently pray for someone that God has put on your heart, someone that is lost or unchurched. As you’ve been praying for your one, God has surely given you opportunity for gospel conversations with them. Now that you have already had some gospel conversations with them, and even if you haven’t, I want to be able to share the gospel with them from the pulpit.
I'm asking you to bring your one this coming Sunday, June 9th. Bring a side dish, and bring your friend, and come worship with us and then have lunch with us. It all happens this Sunday at 11am!
Jesus often did ministry over meals. Meals are often friendly, and welcoming. Jesus dined with tax collectors and Gentiles to demonstrate his compassion for them, and to show us how to be hospitable. Jesus proclaimed good news and he fed 5,000 men. Jesus told us to remember his sacrifice through a communal meal. Jesus also told us that one day we all dine together at another meal, the marriage supper of the Lamb. This is only a small sample of the number of ministry meals that arise in Scripture.
In Luke 5, we see a meal that Jesus used for ministry, “After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Notice the people sitting around the table. Tax collectors were crooks and were considered by Jews to be some of the most sinful people in the community, but Jesus goes to a tax collector’s house, likely instructs him to invite his other tax collector friends over, and they all have a friendly meal together.
One of the commonalities that the lost world shares with Christianity is our need (and desire) for food. A meal has the ability to disarm hostility. A meal has the ability to bring a sinful world and the Savior to the same table. And that’s exactly what our aim is this coming Sunday! We want to bring a lost and dying world and the Body of Christ, to the same table.
Most often though, lost people will not just randomly show up at your table! You must invite them to the table. Please call someone NOW and invite him or her to church and lunch with you this Sunday! Knock on their door, text them, call them, email them, or Facebook them, but please invite them to church this Sunday!
There is a second crowd of people near the table though. Not only are tax collectors present, but the religious crowd is too: Pharisees and scribes. The contrast is so stark. The religious crowd grumbles. They can’t believe that Jesus would associate with such sinful people, but Jesus then informs them that the sole reason he came to earth was for sinners. Please don't be religious. Please don’t grumble when sinners come to West Canton Baptist Church. Instead, invite them to worship with us. Invite them to lunch. Invite them this Sunday!
Watch Pastor Seth’s sermon, Convictions of the Gospel, beginning at the 28:00 mark: