Impact the Culture

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Fred Luter, Senior Pastor of New Orleans' Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and President of the Southern Baptist Convention, reminds us that the culture around us needs God's grace, and we have been tasked to share it. Sometimes Christians are tempted to huddle inside the church to avoid the corruption of the world, but we miss opportunity to be salt and light when we do so.

Before you listen to Fred speak, take a tour of Bubble Creek Canyon, a master-planned community where you can live in a Christian bubble and truly be set apart. 

This exaggerated illustration challenges us to make an impact in our world. Fred explains why we have to get outside the church walls and interact with people who do not know the Lord.

Why do you think there is "no respect for the church" today? How does your community view your church? How would your community be affected if your church closed down tomorrow?
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Is your church a welcome environment for non-believers? If a person who did not talk, look, or dress like the majority of your congregation walked into your foyer on Sunday, how would he or she be received?
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Read Romans 10:14–17. What do you do to bring lost people into your church? What can you personally change to have more beautiful feet?
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Do you ever suffer from the attitude that certain people are never going to trust Christ? Does that affect how you reach out to them? Why do you have that attitude, and what can you do to change it?
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In Luke 5, the Pharisees confront Jesus about his time spent with sinners. Christ answered them, "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 to repentance." 

Let us all pray that Christ will give us his heart toward the lost.

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