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					       WELCOME TO THE PLANET: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
                Part 6: You Were Made for a Mission
                                            Doug Fields

QUESTION #1: What is the mission?
    To tell people about God’s desire to have A RELATIONSHIP with them
       Then he said, "Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God's good
       news to one and all.” Mark 16:15
       All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did.
       And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling
       the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful
       message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to
       speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, "Be
       reconciled to God!" 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

QUESTION #2: How can people have a relationship with God?
    By establishing a spiritual BASE

QUESTION #3: What does it mean to share the good news?
    Share with your LIFE
       The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master's Word, not only in the
       provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to
       say anything anymore—you're the message! 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (MSG)
       They couldn't take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of
       themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no
       training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions of Jesus… As for
       us, there's no question—we can't keep quiet about what we've seen and heard." Acts 4:13, 4:20

    Share with an INVITATION
       Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5

    Share with your STORY
       “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" John 9:25

QUESTION #4: How can I start this mission?




But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work
of telling others the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love. Acts 20:24
   WELCOME TO THE PLANET: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
               Part 6: You Were Made for a Mission
                                                        Doug Fields

We are finishing this series that we are calling “Welcome to the Planet: What on Earth am I here
for?” In this series, what we did six weeks ago was we started by saying a question that everyone
wants to know is, “What am I here for? Am I here for a reason? Am I an accident? What on
Earth am I here for?” One of the things I said in that first week is that if you assume that there’s a
God that maybe in this assumption that God created the Earth, if God created the Earth, if there
was an actual creator of the Earth, that God probably created it with some purpose in mind. If he
created the Earth with some purpose in mind, there must be purpose behind me because I’m part
of his creation, and if there’s purpose behind me, I either have to ignore that purpose or I have to
pursue that purpose.

What we said is if you don’t believe that there’s a God, then this question, “What on Earth am I
here for?” becomes an irrelevant question. And my suggestion six weeks ago was, you may not
even want to come for the next six weeks. But if you do assume that there’s a God and that
there’s purpose behind His creation, therefore there might be purpose behind me, wisdom says I
would pursue what that purpose is. You might grab this orange card that is in your bulletin and
turn it to the side that says, “Five Biblical Purposes for Your life.”

     The first week of this series we did an overview. You might put a 1 next to it. “Here’s
      what we’re going to cover over the next several weeks.”
     Then Week 2, put a 2 next to the word Honor. That’s what we talked about. We said you
      were planned for God’s pleasure. One of the reasons why you and I are on Earth is to
      bring pleasure to God.
     Week 3 we talked about Connect. You were formed to be part of God’s family. We said
      God’s family is the church.
     Week 4 we talked about Grow. You were created to become like Christ.
     Last week, Week 5, we talked about you were shaped for God’s service. And the word
      there was Discover. That we want to try to discover how God has gifted us and shaped us
      to be able to help other people, serve other people, minister to other people.
     Today, we end this series by looking at that word Reach. That you were made for a
      mission and that mission is to tell others about Christ.

When I say, “made for a mission,” that’s kind of a funky word – “mission.” What does it mean to
be made for a mission? Those of us who maybe grew up watching television or cartoons we have
Batman and Robin who were always on a mission. They had the Batmobile. And Wonder
Woman was on a mission and she had her famous lasso. You probably grew up in the era of
Donitello who had a big stick. I’m not sure that was all that meaningful. But these are like
crusaders that were on a mission. What I want to do when we answer this question, “What on
Earth am I here for? You were made for a mission.” What I want to do is unpack that for you a
little bit and explain what that mission is. I want to do a little different. I want to answer with
four questions.

Question #1: What is the mission?
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If I’m made for a mission, what is the mission? To tell people about God’s desire to have A
RELATIONSHIP with them. Most people don’t fully understand that God created us to have a
relationship with us. That was that first purpose that we talked about where it said “Honor” – you
were planned for God’s pleasure. God wants a relationship with his creation. What do most
people think? They don’t think God wants a relationship with him. They think they must become
religious. Most people think, “I need to become religious.”

When I get on a plane, I will sit next to somebody and the conversation always comes up. When
adults talk to one another they typically go to vocation or career. They say, “What do you do for
a living?” When people ask me that question I like to say I’m a bodybuilder although that
doesn’t go over very well. But sometimes I say I’m a professional Diet Pepsi taster. But what I
really do, is say I’m a pastor. What I should do this week when I get on the plane is just have a
little digital camera with me and as soon as I say, “I’m a pastor” I should take their picture.
Because the look on their face, I wish I could show it to you. It is like, “Oh, no! I’m trapped for
three hours next to this guy!” And immediately what the conversation goes to is religion. When I
say, “I’m a pastor. I’m a pastor to students,” they’ll say… “My aunt is religious… I have a friend
who’s very religious.” What they mean by “religious” is that they do the right things or they go
to church or they follow this set of I’m not exactly sure what.

But here’s what the mission is. The mission is not to help people become religious. The mission
is to help people understand that it’s not about religion. It’s to help people understand that God
wants a relationship with them. I might even say it like this, “I don’t think God cares about
religion. Religion is man and woman’s effort to be good enough for God. Guess what? None of
us are good enough. We can’t earn our way to God. God’s not concerned about religion. He
doesn’t want you to be religious. He wants you to have a relationship with him. Because we’re
not good enough, here’s the good news, God became human in the form of Jesus. He died on the
cross to pay for our sins that would have separated me from God eternally and if I believe in
Jesus and ask for forgiveness for my sins I can have a relationship with God. That’s the good
news.”

So the question “What is the mission?” The answer is to tell people about God’s desire to have a
relationship with them. Look at this verse in Mark 16. This is Jesus speaking. Jesus said, “Go
into the world. Go everywhere and announce the message of God's good news to one and all.”
Circle “good news.” The good news is that I can have a relationship with God. The good news is
that you can have a relationship with God. That’s the good news. When you read the Bible, if
you see where it says “the good news,” that’s what the good news is: that I don’t have to worry
about religion. I can have a relationship with God and that’s one of the reasons that I’m created.

Look at this next series of verses. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, “All this newness of life is from God,
who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of
reconciling people to him.” This is the mission. It says God has given us the task of reconciling
people to him. Let’s break down this word “reconciliation.” You’ve heard the word before.
When something is broken apart, a relationship is broken, Mom and Dad are separated, the goal
of a separation is to reconcile. The goal of a separation isn’t to divorce. The goal of a separation
is to eventually reconcile. When you and I were born into this world, we were born separated
from God. God is perfect, He’s holy. Because we’re not perfect and holy, we’re separated from
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audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
God. But the good news is this. We can be reconciled to him. That’s what this verse says. God
has given us the task of reconciling people to him. “For God was in Christ, reconciling the
world to himself, no longer counting sins against them. [That’s the good news, that God forgives
you, wipes your sins away completely.] This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell
others. We are Christ's ambassadors [That’s the mission] and God is using us to speak to you.
We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, ‘Be reconciled to God!’” So
what is the mission? To tell other people the good news.

If I was to ask by show of hands, we are to tell other people the good news that God wants a
relationship with them, how many of you in here would admit with me that that’s a little scary to
do? You’re not alone. A lot of people are raising their hand. It is a little scary to do. But you’ve
been telling other people about relationships since you were a little kid. How many of you when
you were in elementary school, had a boyfriend or girlfriend or had crush on somebody? Didn’t
it go like this? When you liked somebody, you never really told them, did you? You would tell
somebody. “Hey Rick, tell Jennifer to tell her friend Tina that I like Tina.” I would tell Rick,
Rick would tell Jennifer, Jennifer would tell Tina and Tina would either go thumbs up or thumbs
down. She wouldn’t tell it right to me. She’d tell it to her friend Jennifer who would tell her
friend Rick who would tell me. That’s exactly what it was like. You could start a relationship
and break up with a person and never really talk to them because you were telling somebody to
tell somebody to tell somebody about a relationship. That’s all the mission is. You’re just telling
somebody that God wants to have a relationship with them. That’s the mission.

Question #2: How can people have a relationship with God?
That’s a good question. How do you do it? How do you have a relationship with God? If God’s
not concerned about religion some of you are sitting going, “Bummer! I’ve been trying to
become religious. I check mark on my calendar the days I go to church and the days I read my
Bible. And I have a little journal of my Route To Religion. Now you’re wiping me out telling me
that God doesn’t care about religion.” So how do you have a relationship with God?

     By establishing a spiritual BASE
What I’ve tried to do because of time, knowing I can’t cover everything I want to cover, I wrote
it out for you. Take the orange sheet out again and flip it over. It’s written small. Here’s what I’m
going to ask you do little bit later. Fold it in half and tear it. You take the top part home and you
leave the bottom part with us. Look at the back part that says BASE. How do you have a
relationship with God? Some of you in here, maybe you’re hearing this for the first time. Others
of you, you’ve heard it a million times. Take this home and you could share this with somebody
else. Here’s basically all you have to do. How do you establish a spiritual BASE?

     B – Believe God made me to love me and live for his purposes. You start there. I’ve got
         to believe that God loves me and wants a relationship with me.
     A – Admit I’ve lived for myself and not for God’s purposes. This is where most people
         stop. “I can believe that God loves me and wants a relationship with me. But I don’t want
         to admit that I’ve done anything wrong. I really haven’t done anything wrong.” Actually
         you have. Has anyone in here lived a perfect life? The answer’s no. We’ve messed up.
         We’ve screwed up. We’ve done things that are wrong because we’ve done that we’ve
         separated ourselves from a holy God. So I’ve got to admit that I’ve lived for myself and
         not for God’s purpose.
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audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
     S – Surrender. Surrender your life to God. Accept God’s free forgiveness, which was
      paid for by Jesus. That’s the good news. That we can have a relationship with God and
      He just takes a big eraser and wipes it all out. We can be restored and reconciled to God.
     E – Enter into a life of living for God’s purposes for your life. That’s it.

So if you’re looking at your notes... “How can people have relationship with God?” the answer is
by establishing a spiritual BASE. Four things to think about there. We can do a whole weekend
message just on these four things. Take this with you, look at them, look at the verses in your
Bible and maybe highlight them and begin to understand them. Of our three services this is the
service that probably has the highest percentage of Christians at it. There’s probably more
Christians percentage-wise at this service based on our surveys than the other two services. So
most of you have already reconciled yourselves to God and said, “God, I want a relationship with
You.” But if you haven’t, walk through this. There’s a little prayer at the end that you might
pray. It’s not the words that you say, it’s just saying, “God, I surrender. I’ve been the Lord of my
life. Now I need You to be the Lord of my life.” You switch your spiritual BASE from the
world’s system to God’s system.

Question #3: What does it mean to share the good news?
In your notes, write down the word “how.” How do I do this? How do I share the good news?
How do I share the good news with this guy in my class that God wants to have a relationship
with? How do I share the good news with my uncle? How do I share the good news with my
mom? How do I share the good news with my best friend whom I’m scared to talk to about God
because she has all these intellectual questions? This is the how question. Let me answer the how
question with three action steps.

      Share with your LIFE
It starts with your life. People don’t care what you have to say until you live a life that is
attractive. I know this is a lot of pressure for some of you. But your life has a message. Did you
know that? Somebody could say your name and other people would say, “Oh, she is a…. he is
a…” Your life has a message. Let me ask a rhetorical question. Don’t write it down. Don’t say it
to another person. Just think about it. Maybe journal about it this week. What is your life
message? When people look at your life, what do they say? Because you share the good news
just by the way you live your life.

Look at this verse in 1 Thessalonians 1:8 from the Message paraphrase, I love it. It says, “The
word has gotten out. Your lives are echoing the Master's Word, not only in the province but all
over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to say anything
anymore—you're the message!” What he’s saying is, you don’t even have to talk anymore.
People are looking at your life and you are the message of the good news. People see that you
have been with Jesus. People know that something’s different about you. Your life is the
message. What does it mean when your life becomes the message?

I found some pictures this week. I thought, “Here are some guys that are making a statement
with their life.” A guy that’s totally tattooed himself. Driven Home Depot through his tongue.
He’s making a statement with his life. Another one with all the piercings. There’s some
statement that this person is trying to make. Another one who went to even greater extremes. He
tattooed phrases all over his body. It looks like he did it by looking in the mirror. Is that what it
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audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
means that your life is a message? Does that mean if I’m a Christian I need to wear my
Christianity on me? Do I need to go out and get a WWJD bracelet and wear What Would Jesus
Do? Or a Christian T-shirt that says, “God Loves You” and the back says “Turn or burn” or
something like that? Is that what I need to do? Do I need to get a life-sized cross and carry it on
my back and lean it against my locker so my school knows? Do I need to carry Testa-Mints?
These are the dorkiest things I’ve ever seen. I went to a Christian bookstore, at the counter they
have mints in a container. They’re called Testa-Mints. That is so stupid! I wanted to say that to
the lady selling them but she’s just working there. I’m sure I’m going to get a letter this weekend
that one of your moms invented this. I believe in good breath. I actually have breath mints here.
I’m for good breath. I’m not downing good breath. I’m down on Testa-Mints and Christian
clothing. Is that what it means to live my life as a Christian? I have to program my cell phone so
that when it rings it’s a Christian jingle? So when it goes off in class and someone says they
don’t recognize the jingle you can say, “It’s a song we sing at church. You want to come?” You
don’t have to do that. You don’t have to be weird like that. If you are, don’t tell people you go to
Saddleback. Come up with another church. But you’re sharing the gospel with your life.

I don’t have a high school campus anymore to share the Gospel at with my friends on campus.
You know where my friends are? They’re not on campus. My friends are on the baseball field
when I coach my kids on the soccer field. They’re in the community. The way I live my life,
people are either attracted to it or they’re not attracted to it. The bummer part of my life is people
immediately identify me as “pastor.” When I coach their kids, before they know I’m a pastor I
want them to know, “That guy… we’ve never had a coach like him. He’s encouraging. He treats
our kids so great.” Then someone says, “Oh, yeah. He’s a pastor. Maybe that’s what’s different.”
You share with your life before you ever use words. You show it first, you speak it second.
You’ve heard this: Actions speak louder than words. I heard a phrase one time – “Preach the
Gospel at all times. If necessary use words.” That’s saying it’s how you live your life. What you
watch. What you do. Where you go. What you talk about. How you react when somebody throws
up on your homecoming dress. Those people are watching you all the time. You share the Gospel
with your life. What is the message that you’re sending?

Look at this verse in Acts 4:13. Peter and John were preaching, telling people about the good
news. The early church had just started. Jesus had just ascended to heaven. Christianity was just
spreading 2,000 years ago. And Peter and John were preaching what the good news says and it
says “People couldn't take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so
sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were two ordinary
men.” Circle “fascination.” There was a fascination about them because they were ordinary
people and yet many, many people were giving their life to God because of these two ordinary
people.

The first time I ever went to church when I was a teenager. I was in ninth grade. I was invited to
church. The last place I ever wanted to go was church. Here’s what I heard about church –
boring, stupid, they yell at you. I didn’t know that. I had never been but that’s what I’d heard.
But there was a guy on my baseball team. Nobody like him on this team. He wasn’t the superstar
but everybody wanted to be like him. He had a smile and when this dude smiled you could tell
there was something behind that smile. He didn’t talk like the rest of us. He went to parties but
he never drank. He was just different. To be honest with you, I was jealous. I wanted to be like
him. He invited me to church. He said there’s going to be a comedian and there are cute girls.
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audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
Cute girls! I’m there! That was the first time I went to church. Why? Because it was boring and
dumb and they yelled at you? No. Because I respected this guy’s life and he invited me to church
and I went. That night I heard the good news. He shared the Gospel with me with his life. How
do you share the Gospel? You share it with your life.

      Share with an INVITATION
Everybody’s dying for an invitation. We want to be invited to something. I could talk to you
about this but I decided I’m not. I want to introduce you to a friend. Some of you know him.
He’s kind of new on our team. He grew up in this youth group. He graduated from Laguna Hills
High School. His name is Ty. He graduated like six years ago, went away to college. Why I want
you to hear from Ty is because when Ty was in this group, when he sat at the table that you’re
sitting at he never came to church by himself. This guy always brought people. Some of you
from Laguna Hills, the reason you’re here is because six years ago he brought people who
brought people who maybe invited you. So when I say you share the good news with an
invitation, Ty can do a much better job talking about this.

TY:
When Doug asked me to talk about sharing the Gospel with an invitation, it kind of reminded me
of a school dance, a prom, getting invited or inviting someone to go with you to like winter
formal or something like that. It’s just a weird situation. It’s weird for everyone. It’s weird for
the person who’s asking. It’s weird for the person who gets asked. It’s sort of an awkward
situation. You want so-and-so to ask you but you really don’t want “this” guy to ask you. And if
you’re the guy you really want to ask so-and-so but you think somebody else is going to ask her
and if he doesn’t ask her, then my Plan B option 2 is…., It’s just a strange situation. This picture
is a pretty good illustration of what I’m talking about. How do you invite someone to do
something like go out with you, go to prom?

I have a couple ideas and ladies, I’d like your feedback. Tell me if these are good ideas or bad
ideas. Guys, you might want to take notes. One, have a flower delivered to each of her classes
during school with the last one has a note asking her to prom. Good? Two, give the girl a loaf of
bread and say, “I’d ‘loaf’ to go to prom with you.” Ladies? No. Three, gain access to the girl’s
room and write out “Will you go to prom with me?” in glow stars on the ceiling. Girls? Four,
leave a cantaloupe on her doorstep with a note that says, “Since we ‘cantaloupe,’ how about
prom?” Ladies? So those are some good ideas and some bad ideas for asking someone out to the
prom. Why do we do it at all? Why do we make such a big deal out of school dances, go through
all the trouble of inviting someone to go with you, taking out a $2,000 loan and buying the whole
bit? Guys, why don’t we just go home? Why would we do it? Why would we take that risk?

I was thinking about it and I think we take that risk of making that ask because it has the
potential to be great. There’s the potential of the relationship. There’s the romantic element,
you’re dressing up, it’s a big deal, it’s potential for community. You’re going to be with all your
friends. The prom is like the mother of all dances. You’ve got like two shots. The senior prom
you’re supposed to remember forever. It’s the potential for an experience that you remember
forever. Right?

So what does that have to do with inviting someone to church? Or inviting them to a place where
they can have an encounter with Jesus? Isn’t it just the opposite? No, I think it has the same
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audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
potential. I think it has the potential of relationship. There’s the potential at church, if they invite
someone, that they might have a glimpse of a relationship with God, the God of the universe who
created the entire world. You guys don’t hear this a whole lot, but God is crazy about you. He’s
crazy in love with you. He wrote the Bible. It’s a love letter to you. So there’s the potential of
starting a relationship with the God of the universe that totally blows me away.

There’s the potential of being a part of a meaningful community of other believers. We talked
about joining that community a few weeks ago. There’s the potential of experiencing something
that won’t just be a memory that you’ll have the rest of your life. But the potential to experience
something that will change your life forever, for all eternity, when you invite someone to a place
like church where they can encounter Christ. There’s the opportunity to impact for eternity.

So how do we do it? First of all I want to recognize that it’s awkward. When you ask someone to
come with you to church it’s weird. I still get scared when I ask someone to come to church with
me. It’s not like you’re asking someone for a pen. You’re asking someone to consider a shift in
their ethical and moral paradigm and consider a spiritual dimension to their life. It’s a strange
thing. It’s not as easy as saying, “You want to go hang out?” It’s awkward.

But also it’s important to realize that it’s urgent. It was always hard for me to invite people to
church. It doesn’t come naturally. But I realize that it’s urgent. I believe that a relationship with
God is totally attractive, that being on God’s side is something that’s so awesome it totally blows
me away. I don’t believe in scaring people into church or scaring people into becoming a
Christian. But the reality of the situation is if we don’t have a relationship with Christ there are
eternal consequences. I really don’t like talking about that. But their eternity is at risk if they
don’t know the Lord. Some of you guys are here today and you don’t have a relationship with
Christ. If you don’t, or your friends don’t, there’s a very urgent message I want to communicate
to you. If you’re a Christian you have a message you need to be communicating to the people
around you. I’ve heard that most people who make a decision to follow Christ do so before they
graduate high school.

Here are some strategies for actually doing this. What does it look like? Here are a couple ideas
that don’t involve loaves of bread or glow stars. One, team up. Find someone else and agree that
it’s important to share your faith, that you want other people to have what you have. You want to
invite them to church. Get a friend to do it with. There’s no reason you guys have to do this by
yourself. I’m not talking about a team like, “Let’s start the Northwood Bible squad. Jesus time!”
I’m not talking about a team like that. I’m just talking about being yourself, getting some friends
together and asking some people to go to church with you. The Bible says “Be wise in the way
you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5. Be smart about
it. Use some strategy. Team up and be yourself. We’ve got three services here at Saddleback. We
try real hard to make church the place that isn’t dumb. It’s fun to be at. You’ve got three
opportunities. I challenge you guys. If you’re coming to the 11:30 service, maybe think about
Saturday asking some friends to come to church with you. There are a lot of opportunities to
bring someone to a place where they can encounter Christ. Something I did when I was in high
school was car pool. My buddy Jason and I decided we should invite people to church. He said,
“I’ll get my mom’s mini van and we’ll just go around and pick people up.” That’s what we did.
We just said, “You want to go to church?” and then we’d pile as many people in this mini van as

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we could. One time we had a guy riding on the roof. That was the stupidest thing we’ve ever
done. Don’t ever do that! But team up. Do it with a friend.

Two, use your influence. Let me talk to the juniors and seniors in the room. You might not
realize this but you have influence over the people that are younger than you – the freshmen and
sophomores. Just being older you have influence. And you don’t have to be the homecoming
candidate or queen. You have influence just because you’re older.

Three, stay with them. Don’t just show up with a van full of freshmen, drop them off at the Habit
Shack. Stay at their table, engage, talk to them, take them out to lunch afterwards. Use church as
a tool. Most people want to be invited to church. Most people want to come but they won’t come
by themselves. You bring them, stay with them. Then afterwards ask them, what did you think
about church? And you have an opportunity to share experience where you can share your story.

DOUG:
So what you do is share with your life, you share with invitation and then you share with your
STORY. What exactly does it mean to share with your story? Everybody in here has a story. If
you’re a Christian you have a story. God has done something in your life you can share your
story. I can share my story of when I was in ninth grade. I share all the time about the friend who
brought me to church. That’s my story. I found Jesus that night. Nobody can argue with that. So
you share with your life – that’s living it. You share with an invitation and then you ask for
permission to share your story.

There is a great event that took place in the Bible. It’s in John 9. It’s long so I’ll paraphrase it for
you. It’s about Jesus healing this blind guy. I don’t know if you know this or not but every time
Jesus healed somebody he healed them in a different way. He didn’t always heal the same way.
This particular time a guy comes us and goes, “Jesus, heal me!” He’s blind. And Jesus, what he
does, is something very creative. He spits on the ground and makes these little mud pies out of
his saliva and dirt and puts it on this guy’s eyes. I’ve got to imagine that if I’m a follower of
Jesus I’m in the background going, “Gross!” Then Jesus says to the guy, “Go wash!” which is a
nice thing to say to someone after you’ve lugied on him. So Jesus makes these mud pies, says go
wash. The guy goes and washes in the place where Jesus told him to and then he can see. Then
he’s walking through town. He used to be the blind guy and now he can see. Some of these
people come up to him and go “What happened to you? You used to be blind!” I don’t know if
he took off the sticker that said “Kick me – I’m blind” or how they knew he could see but they
said, “You can see what’s going on!” And the guy goes, “Jesus healed me.” And as soon as he
said, “Jesus healed me,” the people got all upset. “What do you mean he healed you? Nobody
can heal but God alone. Who is this Jesus guy?” And this is what the blind guy said, “I don’t
know.” They go after him and started attacking him verbally. “Who is Jesus?” The guy says this,
“I don’t know. All I know is this, once I was blind and now I see!” That was his story. Nobody
could argue with his story.

You say, “Why do you tell us that? What does that have to do with us sharing our story? I’ve
never been blind. I’ve never had an eye ache before. What does this have to do with me?” Many
of us in here are afraid of sharing our story because we’re afraid if we share our story with
somebody they’re going to say, “Wait a minute. If you’re a Christian, what about evolution?”
And they’re going to ask me some question I don’t know how to answer. “How could this be and
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the Bible has contradictions and where do dinosaurs come from and how many angels can fit
inside a Volkswagen bug,” and all these other things. What if they ask me those kinds of
questions? What am I supposed to do? Let me tell you what to do. If somebody asks you a
question you can’t answer, here’s what you say. “Great question. That’s a good question. I don’t
know the answer to that but here’s my guess. In 2,000 years of Christianity I’ll bet you that’s not
the first time that question’s been asked. I’ll bet you somebody knows an answer to it. I don’t.
It’s a good question. Let me see if I can find out. I’ll ask somebody at church and get back to
you. But here’s what I do know… Once I was blind and now I see. Once when I moved here to
Orange County I was so angry with my parents. I was filled with bitterness and rage and I
wanted to kill myself. Then somebody invited me to church and I heard that God loves me. I
didn’t fully understand everything but it changed my life.” Or whatever your story is. You share
your story.

How do you share the good news? You share it with your life. You share it with an invitation.
Then you share it with your story. Friends, that’s simple. I’m not asking you to memorize 19
Bible verses and write them down in a little booklet then go to Wal-Mart and accost strangers as
they come out. I’m not asking you to do that. I’m saying, Share with your life, invite somebody
and then share your story. That’s how you share the good news.

OK, question number four. We’ll end with this. I was made for a mission...
Question #4: How can I start this mission?
Let me tell you how to start this mission. Just write these two words down off to the side. “Start
small.” I’m saying start small. I’m not suggesting that tomorrow you go to Mission High School
and you go, “I’m going to conquer this campus for Christ!” And get a megaphone or something
like that. No. There are 2,500 people there. They’ll think you’re weird. Here’s what I want to ask
you to do. Start small. What about talk to one person? As a matter of fact, do you know what this
youth ministry was built on? A bunch of people like Ty inviting their friends to this weekend
thing that we do. Basically all that we’ve done in the ten years that I’ve been here is… see that
card in your notes? We call this the Friendship Evangelism Challenge. Some of you in here have
done this. You know this. You came here because of this. I just ask you to write down five
friends names. Five people that you can begin praying for. Five people that don’t know the good
news. And that you would begin to pray for those five friends. And with those five friends that
you would take these five action steps that spell out the word “REACH”

     R – Reveal you’re a Christian. Just tell somebody. “I’m a Christian.” Some of you could
      do this right now. You just reach into your purse, get out your cell phone and go, “Hey,
      Joyce! I’m a Christian. Bye.” And you’re done. Others of you it’s going to take you all
      semester but you’re starting small. Reveal you’re a Christian.

     E – Extend an invitation. Invite somebody. Next week we’re starting a series called “The
         Untouchables: Stuff You Think About but Nobody Talks About.” We’re going to talk
         about homosexuality. We’re going to talk about disabilities. We’re going to talk about
         death and dying. We’re going to talk about racism. Extend an invitation. “My church is
         doing this thing on homosexuality. You might want to come to that.” Most non-
         Christians think all Christians do is bash homosexuals. This isn’t going to be a place
         where that happens. You might want to bring some people. “Let me take you to a church
         that talks about love and how to love other people.”
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     A – Ask if it’s ok to share your story. Go out to lunch and go, “Can I share a little bit
      about my story?” Once I was blind, now I see.

     C – Communicate the why and the how you became a Christian. As a matter of fact you
      might even bracket the A and C – that’s your story.

     H – Help your friend to know Christ personally. If you’ve got more questions or you
      want a book or you want to talk to somebody or you want to pray this prayer.

That’s how you can start this mission. Go small. Share your story. Share with an invitation.
Share with your life. So as you look at your notes, let’s review. What’s the mission? Tell other
people about God’s desire for a relationship. How can people have relationship with God? By
establishing a spiritual base. What does it mean to share the good news? Share with your life.
Share with an invitation. Share with a story. How can I start this mission? Start small. Five
friends. Maybe they’re not even friends yet. Five people you know that don’t know the good
news. And by the way, once you write down those five names, don’t make that public. Don’t
tape that onto your locker. Don’t silk screen a shirt and go, “Look dude! You’re number three.
I’m after you.” You’re not “after” them. You just know that you have good news. And if you
have good news there’s an answer to their pain.

I have a friend who has cancer. I wish I had the cure for cancer. If I had the cure for cancer
would I keep that to myself? If I had the good news, the cure for cancer, would I keep it to
myself? No way! I would get it out. Because it could save her life. And in a very spiritual way
we’re talking about eternity, being separated from God or being with God.

If you’re here today and you were brought by somebody, they weren’t bringing you to trick you.
That weren’t bringing you to trick you into becoming a Christian or manipulate you. That’s not
what it’s about. It’s just to say you can decide to blow it off. You can keep living the world’s
way if you want. But the Bible teaches that there’s good news. And the good news is God loves
you so much He wants a relationship with you. He died on the cross for you so that you might
have that relationship. That’s the good news. That God can change the direction of your life, as
He’s done for so many people.

The Apostle Paul said this in Acts 20, “My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work
assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God's wonderful
kindness and love.” You were made for a mission and it’s to tell others the good news. Here’s
what I want to ask you before you leave. Would you grab that orange sheet? Rip it in half. Take
the half with you that says “The BASE” on it and the reminder of the five purposes that we’ve
been talking about. If you would like some encouragement to take the next step in your spiritual
journey we gave you five options – Reach, Connect, Grow, Discover, and Honor, read those. If
you say, “I’ve been here through this series. I need help here. Or send me something,” we’ve
given you some directions. All we really need is your name and your e-mail address. We’ll send
you some stuff to help you take that next step if you want help. You could either leave it on your
table or put it in the mailbox on your way out.


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programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
I know you could have been a lot of places today. You could have been sleeping in. You could
have been home watching TV, hanging out with people. But you came here to church. I hope you
walk out with a little bit of God’s good news. He loves you and wants a relationship with you.
And He made us for a mission to share that with others.

Let’s pray together. God, thanks for the people that are here. Thanks for this church that we can
come and do church a little different and talk about real stuff that affects our lives and do it in a
way that’s fun and connecting with other people. Thanks God for this series that you have been
very clear in your Word why on Earth we’re here. We know we were planned for your pleasure,
that we were formed to be a part of your family, that we were created to become like Jesus, that
we were shaped for your service, and that we were made for a mission to tell others about you.
God, I pray that as we all go our separate ways that we might recognize what on Earth we’re here
for and begin to live out the purposes that you’ve called us to. Thank you, God for your love, that
you love us not based on what we look like. You love us not based on how much we know. You
love us not based on how much money’s in our pocket. That you love us because you created us
and you want a relationship with us. God, I pray that we would have to add services, build bigger
buildings to get all the people in who want to hear about your Good News. We pray in Jesus’
name. Amen.




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