Risk-Taking Mission

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Five Practices of Fruitful Living                   Luke 10:30-37

Connecting to Meaning (Risk-Taking Mission)

The question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

A man well-versed in the study of the Jewish Law asked Jesus this question. The lawyer knew the answer to the question in his head, but his heart was not right before God. He kept the Law, or so he thought. The lawyer was no pagan or Samaritan! He was asking the question about eternal life to test Jesus.

But Jesus turned the question back on the lawyer. Then, when Jesus saw that the man was justifying himself, He told the parable of the Good Samaritan to show the man what God’s Law really demands. So in its context, this familiar parable deals with the questions, Can we be saved by our good works? If so, how many good works does it take? If not, what is the relationship between salvation and good works?

Risk-taking mission involves offering ourselves in grace filled service and making a positive difference, even at significant person cost and inconvenience to our own lives.  It pushes us out of our comfort zone and into places to relieve suffering, confront injustice, and assist during times of crisis.
We need to heed the words that Jesus spoke to the legal experts, “Go and do likewise.”
Reflect On:
1) Where do the world’s unmet needs intersect with your personal passion?
2)  Where is the most unexpected place following Christ has taken you?
Within 60 days participate in an Outreach Ministry of the church.
Memory Verse:
Luke 10:3
Go!  I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

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