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Lift - How To Rescue Those in Spiritual Danger, Part 2

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October 25, 2019 6:00 am

Lift - How To Rescue Those in Spiritual Danger, Part 2

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October 25, 2019 6:00 am

When a friend is slipping away from the faith, what do you do? Chip gets very specific about how to rescue those in spiritual danger.

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If you saw someone that you love drill what would you do what I know what you do, you go get them with today to learn how to rescue those spiritual things. Welcome to this Friday a vision of living on the chip and Living on the Edge features the Bible teaching of almost daily discipleship program and today chip continues a series lift the awesome power of incurred if you've ever tried to be helpful when someone was in crisis and some of us because we feel ill-equipped never really try this program chips, give us four ways to successfully help someone experiencing a crisis and if you don't get to hear the whole message right now. Remember you can hear chip any time on the chip and remap now. Let's join them for part two of his message, how to rescue those in spiritual danger from first Thessalonians chapter 3. Step two of our rescue intervention is expressed or us sincere concern for them as a person that very purposely not as a project, not out of duty not making seven calls. I am sitting in church lately, you know you're on my list.

I'm on the slipping away falling away backslidden recovery committee. Gimme a break need to know that in your heart of hearts, a matter most people don't believe anybody thinks they matter. Express your sincere concern for them as a person. How with words and ways that make sense to them.

I was the black sheep of the college ministry that I was involved in that one dial share later said I don't think you ever get about anything and I had trouble getting up going to church everyone with the Bible studies and I blew up about half of law.

I still remember a couple that I fell asleep at everybody was memorizing a couple versus a week and I said look, guys, you would do that fine they're all in here wife in a mess of my brain with spending all that time I made Lola.

I know I wanted to grow in Christ. As long as it didn't cost anything.

That was my motto and so I can't get involved in a number of things that were not very healthy for me. You know what Timothy's really right is a spirit of God speaks to him. You know you can you can deny him but he will deny you.

He really won't and and you know you can deny them so that the blessings of God can be off your life. But see, there's something happen when you trust in Christ, if you really trust in Christ. You said yes to him and God said yes to you, you can break your word to the cows come in till never break his word to you. He won't let go of Komeito make your life miserable until you come back to him. You only go view ways make my life miserable and you finally and I and in a moment of weakness in my room and I said Bob no I'm tired and I'm living on the fence and you know it's very uncomfortable and I said we we help not I really want to walk with God. I just lazy I keep blown it often is it okay will all help you all help you get up for church and he said the other thing I'm can help you because man chip Bob Bob was big, strong, restless heavyweight wrestler in her, big dude up to 35 to 40. His arms were like my thighs are close huge guy and he said chip until you get in God's word for yourself, you'll never grow every morning I get up and I have a quiet time I sit every morning sleep. He said will chip the are you do you mean business or not. I said yeah Bob I really want to do it. I said no matter what I say in the morning you help me get up. This is the kind of concern. This is a common concern, the ghost of antegrade so I am doing what I do best early-morning that point my life sleeping and alarm goes off, get rid of that thing is new nuisance.

I had the habit of drawing on my sweats fibers before class running class baseball hat on. Many of you students understand that life and so went off in time for quiet time boxes get up to get on a bunch of you told me to wake you up as a Bob Muniz, face man, you know I'll all read the Bible tomorrow. Bob reaches down to my ankle.

True story. I because he didn't do this once he took my ankle and he lifted me up just like this and then he what he could do one arm anything he lifts me up to me over a said drinking fountain or shower method Bob Mason will try the drinking fountain 80 has a drinking fountain is pouring over me.

I'm going like this.

He said chip. You made a commitment to Bob okay, put me down. So help Mary, my Bible, get me down. I got my room about the next morning he took me to the shower the next morning I got up on my own. He got me to church. He called he reminded he prayed he invited me to meals.

He took me home with him on breaks. He brought homemade cookies from his mom. He love me in a way that made sense to me. He cared he cared what is easy. He cared what was hard. Bob wouldn't give up on me and he wouldn't let me give up on my faith there is someone you know and I want you to picture him again in a tiny little rowboat and the currents taken out in the laser get big and the sharks are circling and are just about how the horizon and someone better get in a boat go after him and you can save them. But if you don't get eaten up were Bonnie, we belong to one another. We matter to one another and so step number one. Communicate your gratitude for the authenticity of their faith.

Step number two. Express your sincere concern for them as a person, in ways and means that make sense to them. Now the apostle Paul will tell us step number three Paul is going to demonstrate his deep concern and genuine fear and because of that he will send Timothy to encourage the Thessalonians in chapter 3 verses 1 to 5.

You basically gonna say you know what I've been up night I've been pacing the floor. I don't know how you're doing. I am going absolutely nuts and so what I did is I sent Timothy to find out about how you're doing, he pursues a relational connection. Look at verse verse one of chapter 3. Therefore, when we couldn't do it no longer.

We thought it best to be left behind. It happens alone and you John your Bible. Second Corinthians is you will learn that when Paul was in Athens. He was having a very difficult time is one of the few times in the Bible we learn of a great apostle where he says now I'm depressed. I am down. And yet, rather than keeping a close friend is is a Timothy.

I may be down, I may be depressed but I can find out how they're doing. By the way, do you hear what's behind this passage. Do you love people were not due.

I love people were not due you.

If you do you go after them.

If you don't then you know you rationalize like I doing altogether. Probably this is probably that then three years later all you heard there separated four years later. Their divorce, five years later there's two kids bounce around all over the county two days here three days here. I saw it five years ago. But you know what would they think if we pride to their life, they might think it's for all eternity is what they might think when I could endure it no longer I thought was best to be left in Athens alone and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ. Why to strengthen literally the word means to support and to encourage or come for you as to your faith, why so that no man may be disturbed. NIV unsettled by these afflictions. The word disturbed or unsettled means shaken or to be lured away by deceptive means happens to all of us. We sent Timothy because man we are uptight our soul because we know that every believer will encounter spiritual entropy in the get unsettled the get disturbed their faith get shaken in the be lured away for you yourselves know that we've been destined for this. The apostle Paul basically says all that jazz you hear on the radio and on TV about come to Jesus and all your problems will go away and you be healthy and wealthy and drive nice cars is a bunch of baloney. He said when you follow Christ you will be destined for swimming upstream and downstream world hard only difficult, but you have the truth and you have purpose and you have peace and you have all the things that matter. But it won't be easy. Notice what he says. For this reason, then when I conjure it no longer. I also said to find out about your faith for fear that the tempter might have tempted you the tense of the verb here.

It was already occurring and that our labor should be in vain. Let's bring it into our day. Step number three of our rescue intervention for that person in that little boat drifting out to the spiritual C is pursue a specific means of relational connection for the purpose of spiritual encouragement and protection. It's not enough to know who they are. It's not enough just to drop him a note. It's not enough to start really caring. It's not enough just to express your concern. You got to pursue a relational connection. The man who helped me the most was a guy named Dave Marshall. He's a bricklayer with a high school education that has people like me and dozens and dozens of others incontinence all over the world as missionaries. As a result of his ministry, Jesus down-home, humble, regular guys you've ever met who loves God passionately. He is, he has the most un-charismatic personality I've ever met. There is nothing about Dave Marshall's old man. He just solid.

He just solid it is walks with God.

Day after day after day and you know what, he pursued a relational connection he met me said within two weeks, a chip elected meet with you would like to learn, study the Bible thought of a new Christian. The answer should be yes yes and 7 o'clock every Tuesday morning he came knock on the door. I bet half the time I rolled over and acted like I didn't hear but you know what next Tuesday morning knock on the door he saw me Wednesday you know what I didn't get a chip where were you Tuesday morning when I got was I missed you chip excited about getting together with again. I'm praying for you. He loves me. And you know what I meals at his house at Bible studies at his house. He was not a great basketball player, but he knew I liked it and so he just combines a hey let's go play basketball.

We get to the parking.

They were interesting times ahead left took it would quit. We got how nice a day. Please quit.

Please quit see if you can rescue people.

It's not enough to know it's not enough to express is not to communicate. You and I must pursue a relational connection means you give him a call this week means asking the lunch means to drop him a note major drop in their work will usually be there. It means you say you know what you know from now till December. I'm really trying to get in shape and you said you were a joy to work out twice a week together, whether it's a hobby, a social event you figure out how you are gonna connect with them relationally and you do it and you say you Lord for the next three or four months out of world and get the time that I'm defined in our so for this person every week on their turf in a way that matters to them and that's what he did to me and that's been my motto and that's what I do with people I come to change where I work out and I change who I do it with is primarily ministry vehicles.

I'm trying to stay in shape and it's hard and I just thought you know what to do with people that need to grow in Christ. Titus get together with different people and no Gary man.

He's a killer, and that we we talk. He teaches me how to lift weights.

Die as you can see on not making tremendous progress. But, yes, yes, all the what you need to do in your mind what you need to do to reach out to that person in that boat or by the way, if you're the person in the boat but is a two-way deal. If you leave your thinking. All I now know the problem everyone supposed to come and love me and care for me and I don't think being in his name. No no no no no, you are more possible for your own spiritual health. And don't you blame anybody else for anything. There's enough opportunities for you to take steps to get one then get love to come to dinner to come to class to get a small group the bone, a community group you take the steps I will go out and reach all those other people as well. And if you feel disconnected you think someone is more disconnected the union start helping them.

You'll find yourself deeply loved to hear fourth step. The apostle Paul goes beyond sending then he gets a report back when he gets the report back. He is the master motivator.

I'm always interested when I hear all these motivational speakers with these secret principles of the universe and they give one of them and I say yeah grateful that but as that's excellent and I think to myself and see this. First Thessalonians, 363 13. It's amazing how they discover the truth, but most people in and motivational circles and what they know. You need to rejoice over people success you need to rejoice, you need to explode with joy when people make a little progress. The problem with most of us is with our kids with their mate with people that we know they make a little progress was some bad, just a long way to go. That just motivate you, doesn't he just makes you want to get out and make the bed tomorrow. Just makes you want to be more affectionate and kind with your mate just just makes you want to jump for joy and say you know raising the bar and start patent people on the back for the bars but by the grace of God again over knows what the apostle Paul does look at it. Paul explodes with joy and he breaks out of the prayer over Timothy's report of the Thessalonians positive spiritual progress. Verse six but now that Timothy has come to us from you, and is brought us good news of your faith and love knows what he praises her activities their faith and their love. Sure, it comes out activities that he praises the values and that you always think kindly of us longing to see us just as we also want to see verse seven for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction. We were comforted about you through your faith. Is anyone going through a lot of hard times in life is really hard think literally the word distress means a choking type situation. He said we encouraged and comforted knowing that you're doing well. Verse eight.

For now we really live if you stand firm in the Lord. One commentator said basically the translation. Paul says the moment we heard your pressing on with the Lord. He said I got a new lease on life.

I'm sleeping better. I'm sleeping better. My heart is lifted up.

I'm encouraged because I live I need a dream.

I think about your spiritual progress because you're so important to God. And because you're so important to God.

You're so important to me choices now. We really live if you stand firm for the Lord. Verse nine for what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account as night and day.

We keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face and make complete means to bring to full maturity to adjust to give input to bring help that we might complete what is lacking. He's exploding with joy and now he breaks out the prayer verse 11. Now may our God and father himself and Jesus our Lord. Director make straight our way to you is in and we want to see we want to see and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for each other and for all men. Just as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints to see the ultimate goal.

The ultimate goal is a God wants to take that person even if it's you or a friend or a relative or mate in their drifting out to the spiritual C and he wants you to express gratitude for when they were on the shore.

Many was to say all of and then you take your body make a relational connection grunt get right next to Kenya for all I know bring you something in and then you pull a man and as your point and then they start taking some steps back to shore on their own and every time they take a little tiny step. You don't see why that's what you guys so our step four rejoice with them and over them.

I like that phrase rejoicing over a person at any and every step of positive spiritual progress. We we don't have to see people that we know and feel uncomfortable inside.

What should I do, we can express our gratitude for the we can communicate our deep concern. We can this week, determine how to get relationally connected and then when they take a tiny step we can you turn to the back page. The first question is on a scale of 1 to 10. What manner of spiritual drifting is occurring in your life right now. It would be a shame to talk about how to help others until we come to look in the mirror when a one is your anchored in Christ, a five is there's a subtle drifting in number 10 as you see if you had put a star right on there where would you put secondly quickly lists those who come to your mind you censor, spiritually drifting might be 345 people just quickly to gun down and here's your sign. Which one of these people you care enough about to attempt a rescue intervention this week. Powered by the spirit chip will be like with a final thought about stitching. If you're just joining us, you're listening to Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram the chips message how to rescue those in spiritual danger is from series lift the awesome power of encouragement in this series chip opens the book of first Thessalonians to teach us what biblical encouragement looks like you'll learn how to help a fellow believer overcome feelings of discouragement will discover how to bring out the very best of the people around you and you learn how to give hope to someone who feels hopeless the series not only equips you to serve others, but it will strengthen you with the same time help you get started really encouraging others we've temporarily discounted all of the series resources for lift and don't forget chips, message notes, chips, free message notes help you dig deeper when you use them to study along as you listen to order your copy of lift or to download chips message notes just jump online to, which up before you come back and give us some specific application. I know a lot of people probably only know us through the radio or a podcast where they did a small group maybe even read one of your books but could you give us a brief update on some of the things happening to Living on the Edge right now Dave I would love to.

In fact, I want to make this very specifically addressed to not just what we are doing, but what the Living on the Edge family is doing those who pray and partner with us financially because of you. Are you ready for this 900,000 pastors and Christian leaders in China have read the real God book and are passing it on to at least 5 to 7 other people screwed up because of you young people all across America are learning how to defend their faith without getting into arguments to be winsome. In fact, absolutely free. We gave it to schools, colleges, churches, anyone who would teach middle school, high school or college groups because of you.

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You are bringing lift you were bringing encouragement to millions of people every week and second, I want you know that we need you. We since God moving in miraculous ways. In the Middle East in China and specifically here in the United States. We are really focusing on generation C and millennial's and creating tools to help them and families understand and crass their faith so that Christians can really live like Christians and what I want you know is we're going to go and work in a do what ever God calls us to do, but we can't do it alone. We need your help want to say thank you for those that are praying and partnering and giving and if you've ever given a gift. Maybe you could ask God if he would want you to give monthly. It wouldn't matter how much but would make a huge difference, or if you've never given may be what God is saying to you is, why don't you start and become a part of the Living on the Edge family and help support what God is doing to Living on the Edge just pray about it and whatever he shows you to do. We will be very grateful for you to respond was you prayerfully consider your role with this ministry I will remind you that when you partner with Living on the Edge. Every gift is significant ministering together, our efforts and resources are multiplied in ways that only God can do now to send a gift call us at 1-888-333-6003 bets 1-888-333-6003, or if you prefer to give online just go to your partnership is a great encouragement. Well here's chip with his application. When I taught this message in the life of our church.

I will never forget the response after every service.

I had a handful of people come up and say you know chip. I've really been concerned about and then they would tell me the name of a parent or a spouse or when their children and they say, but I didn't know how to rescue them. I've watched the drift. I've prayed. I felt bad, but I didn't know what to do. Could you go over in a simplified form exactly what the steps look like.

I've got my notes and I think I'm ready to go but I just want to make sure and as you hear my voice. I believe the spirit of God has touched many people and brought a name to your mind that said, you need to go after this person God loves you to risk the relationship but you might still feel like Aquino exactly what I do so let me give it to you. Okay, for steps for spiritual rescue number one. Communicate your gratitude for the authenticity of their faith in the midst of their spiritual opposition. So let's pretend the guys name is Bob I would say hey Bob in a medium somewhere touch base in the hall go to his work do something we get connected just in a casual way is hey Bob and I just am so glad your fellow believer.

Yeah, I remember when you came to Christ, and it's obvious you're going through some real rough stuff right now. The boy I'm glad you're part of the family of God. Second, express your sincere concern for them as a person with words and ways that make sense to them. You've got a let them know that their love that you not coming down on them that you're not had this big hammer and saying get with the program you're in sin come back to God. I have tried that. Not real effective.

What works is letting them know you love them and let them know you love them in a way that makes sense to them. That might mean a lunch appointment might mean you go play basketball might say let's play nine holes of golf, it says I accept you and love you and I'm for you in a way that makes sense to them.

Third, pursue a specific means of relational connection for the purpose of spiritual encouragement and protection.

And I mean you got a set a meeting. You can't just dance around this where you sit down and say hey let's talk about what's going on in your life.

Here's what the Scripture says here's where I see the drift. I love you. I'm for you. What you gonna do with this and for rejoice with them and over them at any and every step of spiritual progress toward you look in there. I am Bob says you know you're right. I know I'm not doing what's right have read the Bible and I'm praying I'm involved in a relationship that I don't think is good. I want to change and you just say wow. I'll help you Bob. I'll meet with you one have a quiet time together. I'll pick you up for church. I'm on your team and then for the next few weeks.

Be there. Go rescue the Bob in your relational network for his good and God's glory you a great way to stay engaged and committed to chip and Living on the Edge is with the chip and remap will get free access to all of chip's recent messages as message notes and much more. Not only that, but it couldn't be easier to order resources will call or email directly from the app download the free chipping remap when you go to Google play for the App Store boy.

Hope you make plans to join us again on Monday when she continues a series lift the awesome power of encouragement is open for everyone.

This is very truly, thanks for listening.

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