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Constructing Bridges

September 1, 2019 Speaker: Rev. Ryan C. Manners Series: Pastor Ryan Preaching Series

Topic: Building Relational Bridges Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19–:23

Worship in the Word                         Rev. Ryan C. Manners                 

                     "Constructing Bridges"  (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

  • Relational bridges are the common grounds on which we connect culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 1 Peter 2:12; Matthew 5:16)
  • Every one of us has embraced a defining story – a narrative we use to explain our existence and navigate life! (Psalm 90:1-12; Exodus 2:2; 3; Numbers 14:26-35;     Genesis 50:19-21; Acts 26; Matthew 9:9)
  • And the story we adopt has a profound effect on how we engage the message of the Cross! (Genesis 16; 50:19-21; Acts 17:18-20; 22:22-25)
  • God calls His chosen people to witness to those who’ve embraced the counterfeit stories of culture! (1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Acts 9:15-16; 17:22-23; Psalm 96:2-3)
  • As followers of Christ, we witness to the culture through the bridges that we construct! (1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 1 Peter 2:12; Matthew 5:16)
  • Constructing the ‘right bridge’ begins with the fundamental understanding that the best way to introduce people to Jesus is through the Jesus in me! (1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:19-20; Matthew 5:16)
  • Constructing different bridges involves different building strategies and skillsets!
    • Discerning the Times – (Matthew 16:1-4)
    • Disciplined lifestyle – (1 Corinthians 9:19; 1 Peter 2:13-17)
    • Contextualization – (1 Corinthians 9:20-22; Acts 16, 19)
    • Hospitality – (Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9)
    • Generosity – (2 Corinthians 9:7; Deuteronomy 15:10)
  • Confident faith can make confident unbelief rethink its confidence!            (1 Corinthians 9:19-25; Daniel 6:25-28; Acts 17; 26:25-28)
  • Cutting short our own discipleship development, leaves us with a bridge strategy that’s too short to span the river currents of culture! (Luke 9:57-62)
  • What disciplines are you implementing to ensure that you’re constructing the right bridge to connect the culture with Jesus?

 

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