MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.7
from What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …
QUOTE: Josh Hunt recommends, in terms of building relationships, that you just simply do this: give Friday nights to Jesus.
Now, by the way, Jesus is Lord, right? If Jesus is Lord on Sunday morning, you’ll be here. And thank you for being here. If Jesus is Lord on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday, Jesus will begin to change your life, but it’s possible the very last night of the week that belongs to Jesus is Friday night.
Here’s what Josh Hunt did. He began to systematically invite people he knew outside the church and anyone he knew that visited the church, to his house on Friday night to play cards. Now, I don’t know if it was Bunko or Euchre or Dirty Neighbor or what game they played because it’s not the card game that made the difference. But they would play cards, they would eat pie or some other kind of dessert, they would have fun, and they would do this every Friday night and people would come and go. They’d drop in. Some would come every week. Some would come once a month.
Josh Hunt did this every Friday night. They never talked about religion unless somebody coming to the Friday night brought it up. It was purely social. They were just becoming friends. But he reported 90% of the people who played cards with him at an activity that did not include a sermon, no one sung a solo, no one took an offering– 90% of those people became regular committed church attendees. You know why? Because friendship comes first. And once Jesus has established a friendship between people, Jesus has the power to go to work to change their lives. 90%.
Josh Hunt says, “Fasten your seat belt, friend, because this is the most high powered approach we have. I do not know anything that works better than giving Friday nights to Jesus. Giving Friday nights to Jesus will reach more people in less time than any method I know … The Bible commands, “Get in the habit of inviting guests home for dinner.” (Romans 12:13b, LB) If we will simply do what this command says, we will see tremendous fruit. That is what is all comes down to, doesn’t it? Just being obedient to what God called us to do. It is amazing how much of church growth comes down to doing what God told us to do. You Can Double your class in two years or less if someone in your group will give Friday nights to Jesus.” (http://www.joshhunt.com/friday.html.)
THINKING IT THROUGH
What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?
SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?
What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?
How can we make it happen? What are the steps?
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This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #3. What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …