Engage or Connect with Outsiders

up on the rooftop in Chicago


This is from the lesson on engaging or connecting with outsiders: (Jim Egli and David Hinman)

Read this passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: (NIV)

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

What stood out to you?

What did God invite you to do?

What did Paul give up?

What are some things we might need to give up?

How did Jesus reach the Lost?

What did he command his followers to do to reach them?

What did Jesus do?

What did he command his followers to do?

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me

to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free… (Luke 4:18)


•Do a 3-Column Study of John 14:12-14 and Acts 9:32-35

Write down names of two people you know who are very different than you who are not following Jesus.

Pray for them daily this week.

Contact them. Ask them how they are doing, encourage them, or tell them one thing you appreciate about them.

Story to tell: I’ve always had a heart to reach neighbors. Right now, our building with 40 units has a rooftop deck with tables, chairs and a barbeque. It turns out to be a good way to connect with people especially to view the sunset. Usually it’s the same 4-6 people up there and I’m hoping to get to know them better. Just discovered this accidentally after taking a prayer walk in the evening.

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