Date: August 23, 1998

Series: Jesus: Friend of a Hurting Humanity

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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The Joy of Bringing Spiritual Health to our Community
Luke 5:27-39

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1. Ask Jesus to help you befriend the outcastLuke 5:27-32

Befriend the outcast

Attend their Parties

Expect religious people to grumble

Keep the main thing the main thing

"It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners too repentance."

2. Ask Jesus to fill your heart with courageLuke 5: 3-39

Buy up teachable moments

Use parables

1. Don't put new cloth on an old garment

2. Don't put new wine into old wine skins

Jesus taught those who were willing to listen: Rejoice in the bridegroom, your long awaited Messiah is in your midst: there will be enough time for fasting when he is taken away to the cross. Rejoice, for he has good news: The old Judaism and its traditionalism is over and the new freedom in Jesus as Messiah has arrived. The two different cloths cannot be sewed together. The new wine and old wine will not mix; legalism and freedom in Christ will not mix. You cannot have both, so choose one or the other; the issue is the difference between death and life.

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