Radical Part 7: Radical Compassion

May 16, 2021



Rising 6th Grader Meet & Greet - May 16 & 23

If you have a 5th grader going into OneLife Students this fall, then we want to invite you to a special Meet & Greet on Sunday, May 16 at the East Campus and May 23 at the North Campus. It will take place in the Meeting Room immediately after each service. You’ll get to meet our Students Director and small group leaders, ask questions about OneLife Students, and get a preview of our summer schedule we have planned for you and your student as they make this transition. We can’t wait to see you there!

Kid City Team Night - May 25
Did you know that every month it takes a TON of volunteers to prepare all of the arts and crafts, games, and lesson plans for our kids ministry? That’s where you come in! At 6:00pm on Tuesday, May 25 at your campus, you’re invited to help us make it all happen. From cutting out crafts, to organizing lesson plans, building crazy games, and more - it’s a lot of fun and it’s a huge way for you to support Kid City. Write “Team Night” on your Connection Card or email us at mail@onelifeknox.com to let us know you’re coming.

Micro Church Sunday, May 30
Once each quarter whenever there’s a 5th Sunday in the month, OneLife closes our campuses and everyone gathers with their Micro Churches in homes for “Micro Church Sunday.” The next Micro Church Sunday is on May 30. If you’re not currently a part of a Micro Church and would like more information about what they are, how to join one, or even how to start your own, mark the Micro Church box on your Connection Card or stop by the Next Steps area in the lobby.

Women’s Bible Study, Starts June 7
On Monday nights throughout the summer we are hosting a Women’s Bible Study. This will be a great chance to meet other ladies, be challenged through an awesome group study, and have some fun too. Write “Women’s Bible Study” on your Connection Card if you’d like more information.


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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?


Very different from the usual or traditional, extreme.

COMPASSION: Sympathetic concern for the sufferings of others.

BOTTOM LINE: Radical compassion requires radical boldness.

Matthew 9:35 NLT
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 9:36 NLT

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

1. Compassion starts with seeing the crowds and their suffering.

Revelation 20:14-15 NLT

14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Matthew 10:5-6 NLT
5 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, 6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.
2. Compassion meets the greatest need.

Matthew 10:7-8 NLT

7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

3. Compassion is not concerned about danger.

"The danger of our lives increases in proportion to the depth of our relationship with Christ."
-David Platt

Matthew 10:16-17 NLT
16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues.

Matthew 10:18 NLT
18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.#10:18 Or But this will be your testimony against the rulers and other unbelievers.

Matthew 10:19-20 NLT
19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

4. Boldness is supernatural power, not my power.


When have you had compassion - a sympathetic concern for the suffering of others - when you saw someone or a group of people going through suffering and it broke your heart?

When has someone had compassion for you when you were suffering?

Read Matthew 9:35-36. Who were the crowds that Jesus saw? What did he have to do to be able to see the crowds? What was their suffering that he had sympathetic concern for?

Read Revelation 20:14-15. How would you explain the term "second death" to someone? Who should these verses give us a compassion for, and what is their suffering?

Read Matthew 10:5-8. Jesus sent the disciples into dangerous situations to spread the Gospel because radical compassion required it. What are dangerous situations that you have faced when you had compassion? What seems dangerous to you when it comes to multiplying your faith, and how does it tempt you to avoid having radical compassion?

Read Matthew 10:16-17. What would it look like to be as shrewd or cunning as a snake when it comes to sharing the Gospel with those around you? What would it look like to be harmless as a dove at the same time? When have you seen someone show this in the way they have compassion on others, especially in the area of greatest need - spiritual lostness?

Read Matthew 10:19-20. What can you do this week to have boldness when it comes to sharing your faith and living on mission, and what can you do to let the Father be the one speaking through you?

What do you need to do this week to "see" the crowd around you and to "see" their suffering? How can you be intentional to be more aware of this where you live, work, and play?

Each person in the microchurch share from above what you will do this week to be more aware of suffering, especially spiritual suffering, in those around you, and pray for each other to live on mission. Then, share who you see around you that needs to have compassion shown for them, and pray for each of those people.

Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.


Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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