Connect & Build

January 9 2022
Series: Our Mission
Ed Wright

Speaker: Ed Wright

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19  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  20  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse.  Romans 1:19-20 (ESV)

“Inspiring love that does whatever it takes to connect people to Jesus, build relationships, and transform our cities.”

34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  35  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (ESV)

First, if we are going to Connect people to Jesus, it starts by connecting to people.

Three things people long for:

  1. Identity
  2. Belonging
  3. Purpose

How can we connect with people who are not like us?

  • Look for common ground.
  • Realize different people express their values differently.
  • Humble yourself.

Second, if we are going to Connect people to Jesus, it involves sacrificial love.

Sacrificial Love = Agape Love

Third, when we agape love, we Connect with people in a way that is attractional.

35  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:35 (ESV)

Three Questions:

  1. Did you, personally, know our vision/mission statement before today’s message?
  2. How is John 13:34-35 happening in your life?
  3. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being high, how likely are you to invite people to Heartland Church or its activities to hear about Jesus?

Big Idea: They will know we are Christ’s disciples by our love for one another as we Connect People to Jesus and Build Relationships!