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Now is the Time- Guest Speaker Todd Newkirk. 08.13.17.mp3
August 14, 2017 Todd Newkirk

NOW IS THE TIME Todd and Sherri Newkirk: Our personal Mission Statement is: Seeking out God's Lost Sheep, where ever they may be, and shepherding them to spiritual safety. GOALS: 1. Stay involved and committed in the relationships we have developed. 2. Expand relationships when we can. 3. When we travel find ways to use our ministry, wherever we are going, to help the local work. Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) Vision Statement: Changing The World; One Heart At A Time John 10: 11-16 "I am the Good Shepherd" "I know my sheep and my sheep know me" Ezekiel 34:2-16 The Bad Shepherd: you do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered…My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.” Ezekiel 34:2-16 cont… I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep…and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them…they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture… 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD. 16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; Psalm 23: compared to Ezekiel 34 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 11 I Myself will search for My sheep 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures 14 …There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] 12 …and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day The Time is Now! To gather those that are lost, scattered, and going astray. The window is open, and the time is NOW. We have everything we need…we have to pull the bow back as far as we can and let that arrow go…we have to strike that floor over, and over, and over. It is time to start Seeking God’s lost sheep, wherever they may be, and Shepherd them to spiritual safety. Matthew 28: 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Thomas Rainer, “The Unchurched Next Door” identified five types of unchurched people and strategies for reaching them. U5: Highly antagonistic and even hostile to the gospel. - Responds to long term relationships U4: Resistant to the gospel, but with no antagonistic attitude. - Also respond to long term relationships. U3: Neutral, with no clear signs of being interested yet perhaps open to discussion. - Talk with them, pray for them, with them, and Invite them to church. U2: Receptive to the gospel and church. - Willing to come, if invited. U1: Highly receptive to hearing and believing the Good News. - Just waiting for someone to invite them to church. Likelihood of attending if someone asks: U5: 20% U4: 62% U3: 86% U2 and U1: 97% THE TIME HAS COME. It is time to start gathering these lost sheep back up and heading down the mountain. And when we get down the mountain? 2 Thessalonians 1: 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe,[a] because our testimony among you was believed. Well done…

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