A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY
A) We are continuing our focus on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY
B) Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
C) Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to seek and save the lost as well
D) We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality
E) Marine Law dictates that if someone is in distress you are bound by law to rescue them and if you don’t you are responsible for their demise.
2 Corinthians 5:6-21(NIV) – 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
II A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = SEEING THE ETERNAL REALITY (vs. 6)
A) We must learn to live with one foot in eternity
B) Heaven is real, hell is real
C) We are not just living for now but for eternity
III A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = A HEART TO PLEASE GOD (vs. 9)
A) Really simple truth: we need to be a people who have a passion to please God
B) This is not about earning His love… this is about becoming concerned with the things that concern Him
C) Luke 2:49 (NIV) – And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Or “about my Father”)
IV A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = AN AWARENESS OF THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (vs. 10)
A) Every believer will stand before Jesus and give an account for their lives
B) This is different than the Great White Throne Judgement in Revelations… this one is for Christians and we will be judged based on the life we have built for Him
C) A major emphasis for Jesus will be our attempt to rescue other people
V A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = THE FEAR OF THE LORD (vs. 11)
A) The Fear of the Lord is not being afraid of God but “having a reverential awe and respect for Him”
B) It is very tied to understanding that He is the Great and Righteous Judge
C) Jesus is not your ‘homeboy’
VI A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = THE LOVE OF CHRIST COMPELLING YOU (vs. 14)
A) Compel = To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force. To force; to take by force, or violence; to seize
B) Love compels us!
1) Christ’s love for us will compel us
2) Our love for Him compels us
3) His love for people compels us
VII A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = NOT LIVING FOR YOURSELF (vs. 15)
A) CRUISE SHIP Christianity is all about living for ourselves
B) Part of maturing in God is beginning to live for the one who died for us and rose again
C) 1 Cor 6:19-20 – 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies
VIII A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = REGARDING NO ONE FROM A WORLDLY POINT OF VIEW (vs. 16)
A) God wants to train us to see people with spiritual eyes
B) He wants to give us eyes to see people’s spiritual condition and relate to them as such
IX A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION (vs. 18)
A) To reconcile means to restore to friendship and favour
B) You and have been given the ministry of reconciliation!
C) We are in the business of helping people to connect with God!
X A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY = WE ARE AMBASSADORS (vs. 19)
A) Ambassadors – a representative of a king, government, sovereign
B) God wants to make his appeal through us… we implore you.
C) Implore = 1. To call upon or for, in supplication; to beseech; to pray earnestly; to petition with urgency; to entreat; as, to implore the forgiveness of sins; to implore mercy. To ask earnestly; to beg.