Week 3: Doing LIFE Together
“‘E' is for ENGAGE”
“Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. - II Timothy 4:2 (HCSB)
I. Defining Engage
II. Engage the Biblical Model.
The Teaching of the Vine:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. - John 15:1-8
John 1:29 “The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
Fruit – “Pruning” removing that which would cause disease -- disciplining
More Fruit -- results from the pruning
Much Fruit – Nourished by the vine as it abides
The Parable of the Soils
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” - Matthew 13:1-9
III. Implementing Engage in our lives.
Recognize – realize where each person is in their journey with Christ. Jesus always meets us where we are and leads us to where He wants us to be.
Respond – Take the necessary steps to earn the persons’ trust and friendship.
Respect – When you understand where they are in their journey and you begin to patiently wait on them to indicate they are ready to join you on this journey, then you can begin to lead them – and we lead not drag!
Rejoice – When they begin to show progress in their journey, you can be thankful and excited that God has used you as an instrument of His grace in this person’s life.
IV. LIVE It Out
Ask yourself this question this morning, “Where am I in my journey with Christ? Do I need to be Engaging or do I need to be Engaged?”
Are you this morning good soil and ready to receive the Word?
Are you Attached to the Vine?