Friend of Sinners: Part 2 - Relationship

April 3, 2022


MANDay Night, April 4

April 4 isn’t going to be just another Monday night. For the guys of OneLife, it’s going to be a MANDay night. Come to the North Campus at 7pm for some good food, hang-out time with other guys, and a challenging message geared toward men. Plus, we’ll be watching the Men’s Basketball National Championship game afterward for anyone that wants to stay and watch! Let us know you’re coming by writing “MANDay Night” on your Connection Card or visit Dads, bring your middle school and high school sons with you!

One More Week to Bring Stuffed Easter Eggs! Next Sunday, April 10
As a part of our Easter On Mission, a way for ALL of our OneLifers to get involved is to provide Easter eggs for the egg hunts. Next Sunday, bring plastic eggs stuffed with candy to your campus. There will be a sign in your lobby where you can drop them off. Whether you bring a couple dozen or a couple hundred, any amount will be a huge help!

Easter On Mission
To engage our community this Easter, our Micro Churches and other OneLifers will be hosting neighborhood Easter Egg hunts all across Knoxville. This is an awesome way to meet and serve people where we live, and invite people to experience Jesus with us as we approach Easter Sunday on April 17. To sign up to host a hunt, or to find an egg hunt to help out with visit

Easter is Coming, April 17 - Time to Invite!
Did you know that Easter is one of the best times to invite people to experience Jesus with you at your campus? More people come on Easter Sunday than any other Sunday of the year. Because of that, we are challenging every OneLifer to invite someone with them as a part of our “Easter on Mission!” So be on the lookout for people  where you live, work, and play and let’s make this an unforgettable Easter at 9 & 10:45am at both of our locations.


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BOTTOM LINE: A friend of sinners meets people where they are, not where we think they should be.

Mark 10:17-18 NLT

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.

1. Be approachable.

Mark 10:19-21 NLT
19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him.

2. Have genuine love for others.

Mark 10:21 NLT
21 (cont'd) “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

3. Identify where they are and what they need to hear.

Mark 10:22 NLT
22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

4. Leave the results to God.
Start Talking

- Share about a time that you told someone what you thought they needed to hear, but they weren't in a place to understand or use it. Maybe it was when you were trying to explain something or teach something.
- How did you have to change the way you explained it or taught it so that they could actually understand or use it?

Start Thinking
Read Mark 10:17-18.
- Why do you think this man felt comfortable running up to Jesus?
- What does it say about how Jesus must have been living that this man was able to do this and knew he could ask his questions to Jesus?
- What are other examples or stories about Jesus that come to mind that show how approachable Jesus was to all people, even those that were considered "sinners" by the religious?

Read Mark 10:19-20 and then Matthew 5:21-22.
- Comparing these two passages, what point do you think Jesus is making by saying this man "knows" the commandments?
- Is that enough? And with Matthew 5:21-22 in mind, do you think this man - or any person, for that matter - has really obeyed all of these commands?

- How does the man's response sound rather prideful and religious in retrospect?

Start Sharing
Read Mark 10:21.
- When have you felt genuine love from someone just as you were and regardless of how different you were from them?
- How did that make a difference for you and impact you? Jesus told this man what he needed to give up control of in order to follow Him, because knowing the right things isn't enough on its own. For this man, it was his wealth and possessions that he was holding on to for control.
- What have you had to give up control of or what do you continually find yourself giving up to Jesus in order to follow Him?

Read Mark 10:22
- Not even Jesus was able to lead this man at this moment to follow Him. How does that give you comfort or encouragement for sharing your faith with others or trying to get others to follow Jesus, too? We don't know if this man ever did what Jesus said to do. He may have, or he may not have.
- Who is someone you have tried to make a difference in or lead to Jesus, but you don't know if they ever did or ever will? How did you see your impact move them down the "number line" even if they didn't follow Jesus yet?

Start Doing
- What is something specific you need to do so that you can be approachable in a spiritual sense for others?
- How can you be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and hear what He wants you to do and say when you are around people who don't follow Jesus so you can identify where they are and what they need to hear?
- Who are some people who have come to mind for you during this discussion that the Holy Spirit may want you to be a friend to by being approachable, genuinely loving them, and identifying where they are and what they need to hear?

Start Praying

- Pray for each other to do what you each shared in the "Start Doing" section.
- Pray for the names of those each of us have an opportunity to make a difference for.



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.

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?

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)?/connect


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