Jesus Came for Tennessee: 3 Person Reading

Reader 1: We know the power of the Gospel

Reader 2: We know what happens when Jesus takes over

Reader 1: Jesus came for the lost

Reader 2:  The lonely

Reader 1:  The blind

Reader 2: The outcast

Reader 1: The hurting

Both:  And Jesus came for Tennessee

Reader 1:  Look all around you

Reader 2:  They are everywhere

Reader 1:  They’re weary

Reader 2:  Broken

Reader 1:  Searching

Reader 2: Despairing

Reader 1: They need hope

Reader 2: Belonging

Reader 1: Unconditional love

Reader 2: In short they need Jesus

Reader 1: They only way we’re going to win Tennessee

Reader 2: Tell them about this same Jesus

Reader 1: Is to work together

Reader 2: That’s what the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions in all about

Reader 1: Will you join my church in giving to win Tennessee

Reader 2: Through planting churches

Reader 1:  Giving children a place

Reader 2: Changing lives in prisons and jails

Reader 1: Giving those broken by disaster

Reader 2: a new start

Reader 1: Isn’t that what Jesus would do?

Reader 2: He would dare us to go

Reader 1: To give

Reader 2: To love

Reader 1: To tell

Reader 2: To reach all people that come to Tennessee

Reader 1: From all over the world

Reader 2: We can do this!

Reader 1: To Win Tennessee

Reader 2: From Memphis

Reader 1: To Mountain City

Reader 2: From Chattanooga

Reader 1: To Clarksville

Reader 2: Everywhere in Tennessee

Reader 1:  Knoxville

Reader 2: Sommerville

Reader 1:  Nashville

Reader 2: Shelbyville

Reader 1:  Hendersonville

Reader 2: Cookeville

Reader 1: Kingsport

Reader 2: Kingston Springs

Reader 1: Brownsville

Reader 2: That’s a whole lotta places

Reader 1: Needing a whole lotta Jesus

Reader 2: And all places in between

Reader 1: Because Jesus is alive

Reader 2: He’s at work

Reader 1: We chose to join him.

Reader 2: Will you join us?

Reader 1: Same hope

Reader 2: Same love

2: Same salvation

Both: Same Jesus.

Same Jesus: Responsive Reading

(Congregation repeats the phrase in italics)

A Baby born- outcast and obscure

You are that same Jesus.

Master Craftsman of the universe born a carpenter’s Son.

You are that same Jesus.

walking in the wilderness 40 days without

You are that same Jesus.

In a borrowed tomb, casualty of my sin.

You are that same Jesus.

In the middle of my struggles… In the center of my life… In my dreams, tears, brokenness and fears…

You are that same Jesus.

Comforting, guiding, loving, filling

You are that same Jesus.

When an upside-down world quakes and trembles

You are that same Jesus.

In the silent nights and fragile days…

You are that same Jesus.

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The Same Call to Share Hope and Truth

One grand mystery of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is still reaching out to the lost, the lonely, and the languishing world that has changed in so many ways. We are hyper-connected and yet spiritually disconnected. We have technologies today that were unimaginable 2000 years ago, but we still struggle with the transmission of the gospel. Amid all the changes, his strategy to reach the world is still the same. He still uses people to spread the good news. He uses us even though we are broken, flawed, and stumbling.

What does it mean to have the same heart for the world as Jesus? For God to use us, we first must be wrecked! Our heart must enter into the same pain and yearning that Jesus had when He chose to leave the glory of His heavenly throne to rescue mankind. We must be wrecked by this mission. It’s a strange dichotomy. To put the pieces together, we must be wrecked.

What should wreck us in this story? Let’s look at three things:

  1. We should be wrecked by the condition of our world.

Nehemiah Wall

We see a picture of one ordinary man who was wrecked. Nehemiah was a man in a place of authority and comfort when he heard about the state of his hometown. Let’s read Nehemiah 1:2-4.

I questioned them (the messengers from Jerusalem) about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:2-4

Nehemiah received a snapshot in these two verses of the injustice Jerusalem experienced and it broke his heart. What breaks your heart?

Here are a few things about our state that should wreck us as a church:

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  • There are 350,000 unchurches college students.
  • There are over four million people in our state that are spiritually lost.
  • 15% of Tennesseans live below the poverty line.

If you really believe in Jesus, if you really believe that God is compassionate toward the helpless, and if you really believe that everyone spends eternity somewhere, your heart should be wrecked. We all have different hearts that are wrecked by different things. Some believers are wrecked by poverty. Others are wrecked by those who struggle with addiction, loneliness, and abandonment. God wants us to do something about what wrecks us. So, what injustice wrecks you? When we give through the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions, we have the opportunity to support different ministries and different missions. This is the power of cooperation. There is so much need in Tennessee that our approach must be multifaceted.

  1. We should be wrecked by evil.

The second area of brokenness a believer should be experiencing in his heart is an awareness of the impact of evil. The scourge of evil is all around us. It is insidious in the fallen world. When we have the eyes of our Champion, we recognize evil that shows up on our journey. We can choose to hide from evil or we can make war against it. Another Old Testament picture of a wrecked heart is found in early in the story of David. As a young man, David was incensed by an ugly sneering giant screaming vulgarities at God’s people and even at God Himself. David enters the scene almost coincidentally, but his reaction was so much different, that those around him who were cowering in fear.

David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26

Sling and Stone

It angered David and out of that holy anger, God humbled an entire nation with a stone and a sling. Just like David, we aren’t the most qualified and experienced warriors, but God honors a heart that doesn’t melt under the futile threats of evil.

Idea:  Share a time in your life when you were wrecked by the evil you faced.

One of the evils that breaks the heart of God is the injustice of abortion. Tennessee Baptists, through the Golden Offering, are giving hope and truth to future mothers and fathers.

Optional: Show the GOTM Promotional Video “Standing for Life: Birth Choice Clinic of Gibson County

  1. We should be wrecked by lifeless religion.

We see a picture of Jesus wrecked by rebellion near the end of his earthly ministry. Jesus wept over Jerusalem just like Nehemiah did centuries ago.  But what wrecked Jesus was the rebellion of his own people. He had a deep desire to see God’s people come to him and yet they refused.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37

Jesus saw his people that had drifted so far away from God that they were powerless, lifeless, and declining. We must also mourn the decline in our churches. Jesus has a heart to see His Bride, the Church, return to Him. One way Tennessee Baptists are making a difference, helping churches heal and grow, is through Church Revitalization. The Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions funds church revitalization by providing coaching, training, and resources for churches.

Conclusion:

As we consider a world controlled by the forces of injustice, evil and rebellion, we are challenged to do something. Don’t leave today thinking that you can just casually walk through the ups and downs, and the highs and lows of life lived normally. God doesn’t want you satisfied. Jesus, the King of Hearts, wants your heart broken for a world that is lost, broken, hopeless, and doomed. He wants us to step up and do something about it.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What makes your heart beat faster?
  2. What makes your heart break?
  3. What are you going to do about it?
  4. What will the result be?
  5. How will you give? How will you go?

Leave the “how” questions to God. Pray for “how” and He will direct you.

Hear: Be open to listening to his voice. We must shut everything down so we can hear him and if we are listening, He’ll whisper through his Word, through worship and through other believers, the direction he wants you to take.

Obey: The history books are filled with leaders who knew the answer but refused to act. Let’s not live our lives as a cautionary tale of a church that never took action. Let’s be obedient to the call He has placed on our hearts.

Worship: When we worship, God clarifies the mission. As we truly worship, our fears subside, and our hearts open up. Our worship should be characterized by surrender and generosity. A Great Commission focused church is characterized by her willingness to give, so that others might experience the same hope and the same truth we have. As members of the Body of Christ, it’s our joy to give generously to share the gospel in our town, state, nation, and world through giving and going.

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