Relationships That Will Save the World

Preached by Chris Broom, July 20, 2008 at the Central New York Church of Christ 15th Anniversary Service!!

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How is God trying to Proverbs 21:1 you?!

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Where ever we are at in our faith, there are certain principles that can always re-inspire us in our relationship with our awesome God. This past Sunday, many disciples in Central New York got the chance to hear Chris Broom (visiting from Chicago International Christian Church) preach a powerful message that reminded us of how crucial it is to sow generously in ALL of our relationships. In looking back over the past fifteen years, it is amazing to see how God has blessed us when we invested wholeheartedly in others and in our God. In fact, Jesus said the world will know us by our love for one another, so the salvation of the world is quite literally dependent on how we honor God through our relationships.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

As Chris mentioned, his wife Theresa likes to use the analogy of sowing a seed. You can count on two things when planting:
1. You reap later than when you sow.
2. You reap more than what you sow.

As we reach out to strengthen one another and to save the whole world one soul at a time over the NEXT fifteen years, let’s strive to build those relationships that go beyond a bland and worldly view of kindness that often refrains from speaking the truth in love, to relationships where there is an appreciation and expectation of kindness as we teach one another how to obey Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:22-26)

It was great to see Lisa Fellis, Pat and Pam Boea, Chris and Austin Broom as we all got to enjoy the worship, lunch and talent show together! We thank God for what He has done and is continuing to do and will do in the future amongst us! Many of us are looking forward to visiting with our brothers and sisters from the City of Angels International Christian Church and sister congregations around the world; these are the times of being together where we all get to see God building the kind of relationships in His church that truly can SAVE THE WORLD!

“Relationships that will save the world” preached by Chris Broom
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Proverbs 21:1
• You need to make your heart/life a watercourse so that He may direct it where he pleases.
• Go anywhere, do anything and give up everything for God.
• Relationships that will save the world is what you are here to celebrate.
• The Central New York Church of Christ has had fifteen years of relationships that will save the world.
• A new chapter can only begin when an old chapter ends.
• If you learn to put your heart in God’s hand, then God will direct it wherever He pleases.

Good News:
• In the Chicago International Christian Church, there are 95 disciples of Jesus Christ.
• Fifty-five people were baptized at the Chicago International Christian Church.
• Twenty-one people got restored at the Chicago International Christian Church.
• Nineteen people placed membership at the Chicago International Christian Church.
• On Sunday, July 13, 2008, two hundred and forty-three people saw the Kingdom of God at the 2-year Anniversary service.

John 3:16-21
Question: Why did God send Jesus to save the world?
• You got to be careful when you look at the world around you.

1. Our world is lost and dying.
Question: Do you think that the world needs saving?
Question: Why would you look at the world today if it doesn’t need saving?
• If you do not look at the world with spiritual eyes, then you think that the world is fine.
• The world is not awesome.
• The world is dying.

Proverbs 19:22
Question: Isn’t that what you want?
Question: Don’t you want to know that you will be loved?
• People will see these relationships as relationships that will save the world.
• You want to be loved unfailingly but yet you are so bad at loving unfailingly.
• That is why God sent Jesus.
• Your world is sick because people do not know how to love one another.
• God sent Jesus down to you to save you, not to condemn you.
• Grab onto Jesus and hold on.
• When you try to save people, you will make mistakes.
• In the church, you are going to have those who are more radical than others.
• You can be really critical of disciples of Jesus Christ around you; you got to do better than that.
• Religion is not the answer.
• Be careful not to be arrogant and think that you know it all.

2. No one comes to the Father except for Jesus.
• You will never build relationships that will save the world if you do not see the world as lost and dying and that no one comes to the Father except for Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20
• Unfailing love.
• God’s plan to save the world is through discipleship.
• Discipleship is through relationships.
• God’s plan to save the world is through relationships.
• Jesus’ way is the only way.

Matthew 27:1-5
Question: Do you ever get cut?

3. Take responsibility for where you are at.
• You will never build relationships that will save the world unless you take responsibility for where you are at.
• Don’t blame-shift.
• You got to be responsible.
• Be committed to build relationships that are not superficial.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
4. Reap what you sow.
• You are going to reap what you sow.
• A relationship is an investment.
• Sow generously in relationships.
• You reap later than you sow.
• You reap more than you sow.
• The Chicago International Christian Church raised fifty-five thousand dollars for its Mission Contribution.
• Dave Cadell is a single brother in Christ who helped people financially to go to the Jubilee this year.

2 Timothy 2:22-26
Question: What kind of relationships are going to save you?

5. If you want to build relationships that will save the world, then you got to avoid godless chatter.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
• You got to learn to avoid foolish arguments.

6. You need to be kind to everyone, able to teach and not resentful.
• Kind relationships will not save the world.
• “Kind and Able-to-Teach Relationships” WILL save the world.
• When you are resentful, you cannot be kind.
• Check your heart because bitterness and resentful will keep you from saving the world.