Here are my notes:
Karl Black: Fanning the Flame
Ambassadors of God's Heart
2 Corinthians 5:16
Christ reconciled is and gives us responsibility to do reconciliation ministry.
-You are part of this! You have a job!
Key: v. 20 we are His ambassadors...
As he does the work inside of us, God begins to use us in carrying out his ministry
God's Intention: "Blessed to Bless"
-the point is because Abram became God's ambassador so that everyone can be blessed
Generosity is our hearts response to God
-We have to come to remember that we are nothing without him.
-Without what he has done, we have no hope
We are intended to see through God's eyes
-Good Eye: a generous man in Hebrew culture
-If I had the monopoly "Boardwalk" game piece, would I be willing to give it away (St. Jude's hospital)?
Generosity refreshes other people's souls
-They have the time to really care when they ask, "How you doing?"
Where should our blessing be directed:
Luke 4:18-19 = Jesus Mission
They are all MARGINALIZED...
Examples in Jesus' Life:
Luke 19: Swindler, Cheat and Traitor
John 8: Woman in adultery
John 4: Samaritan Woman
John 4: Hung out with Half-breeds Matthew 8: Touched Lepers
Matthew 15: He listened to Caaninite Woman
Matthew 9: Invited Tax Collector to be disciple
Matthew 9: hungout with the tax collector's friend...
"Obese students were slightly less happy than chemotherapy patients." - Powerful representation of how we treat people in our own lives and marginalize the people who are just as blessed as we are and are simply different.
We abuse people and we don't take time to look at it and consider the ramifications.
Luke 14: God is Love
Our calling us not to love just the lovable, but love because Love lives in our hearts.