A strong burden of the heart overcomes fear. Having a burden for the lost and unchurched will produce a boldness that will enable us to overcome the fear of inviting others to experience God. Remember God’s family is open to everyone!
Each of us can recall wanting something so much that we were willing to do whatever it took to obtain it. Tell about a time when there was something you really desired and the sacrifices you made to acquire it.
We live in a world full of lost and dying people. They are on their way to Hell and eternal separation from God. We must stop thinking Heaven and God are for only a select few. Our hearts should become so burdened for others that we are willing to do whatever it takes, short of sinning, to bring them into God’s family. Things such as fear of rejection, or being inconvenienced must not stop us. Satan’s number one weapon is our fear. A burden that is so strong that it produces boldness will overcome this fear. Don’t let fear of a lost relationship deter you from sharing with others, it’s better to risk being separated from a friend on earth than for the friend to spend eternity away from God.
Read John 4:35.
1) Notice that the time of harvest is still four months away, yet the fields are white NOW. If we lift up our eyes and look we will see. Why don’t we see the fields are ripe for harvest?
2) It’s easy to become comfortable and complacent with our little cliques. God wants everyone to experience His love. Think of ways to avoid falling into this rut.
3) Pastor Chris made the statement that we are war with Hell for lost souls. What does this mean to you? How do we fight back?
4) What does it look like to invade our schools, work, and play for Christ?
Read Romans 9:2-3.
5) Do you think Paul was burdened for lost souls? To what extent?
6) What do we know from Paul’s writings in the New Testament that he was willing to endure to reach others with the good news of Jesus?
7) Discuss ways in which our own burden for others can drive us to be bold.
Read Luke 14:16-24.
8) We see that the ones originally invited to the banquet made excuses not to attend. Their excuses were flimsy at best. We should expect similar excuses as well when inviting others to church or a life with Jesus. List some of the excuses that might be encountered. List ways to overcome these excuses.
9) After the first invitees refused the invitation, to whom did the banquet host send his servant out to invite?
10) Discuss the types of people we encounter each day that are overlooked or avoided. Now brainstorm on ways to reach out to them.