Next Steps: Part 5 - Mission Possible

March 26, 2023
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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, work & play, and invite people to experience Jesus with us as we approach Easter Sunday on April 9. If you’d like to host an egg hunt or find an egg hunt to help out with, click this link and fill out the form.

Easter is Coming, April 9 - Time to Invite!
Did you know that Easter is one of the best and easiest times to invite people to come 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!


If you’ve given your life to Jesus but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism then it’s time to take that step! Click here, fill out a Connection Card and we’ll help you get started.

MyOneLife - Starts April 23
MyOneLife is a 4-week small group experience that takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:45am service in the Meeting Room at each of our campuses beginning April 23. You’ll learn about the history, vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission and spiritual gifts, and have opportunities to get involved. For more information or to sign up click here.
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Bottom Line: My life makes a difference one step at a time.

Luke 10:30-33 NIV

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Step One: See the need

Luke 10:33 NIV

33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Step Two: Feel the pain.

Luke 10:34 NIV

34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Step Three: Do something about it.

Luke 10:35 NIV

35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

Step Four: Be generous.

Luke 10:36-37 NIV
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Step Five: Go again!

When have you seen a big difference made (i.e. saving money, losing weight, accomplishing something big, etc.) but it didn't happen in one step, but it happened one step at a time?

Did you ever want to quit or give up? What kept you going? How did you track the progress so that you stayed on course?

Read Luke 10:25-29.
What does this religious person attempt to do? Why do you think he asked such a simple question in verse 29? How is this what a lot of us do when it comes to spiritual and scriptural principals?

Read Luke 10:30-37.
Does Jesus ever directly answer his question? What do you think this means about how Jesus wants to work in your life when you have questions? What do you think this means for us when people in our lives have spiritual questions and we have a chance to answer them?

Why do you think religious people can so easily look past needs that they see? When you are being "religious" why is it easy for you to not notice needs or not do something about the needs that you do see around you?

Read Luke 7:13, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14 and Matthew 15:32.
These are just a few examples of what the next step was for Jesus when he saw a need. What was it? Share about a time that someone saw a need that you had and then they felt your pain and they had compassion. Share about a time that you saw a need and felt that person's pain and you had compassion on them.

Often it's a simple "do" that makes the biggest difference - a text message, an invitation to lunch, or simply having empathy. What are the fears that often hold you back to then doing something about a need that you see? What are the religious assumptions that we may have at times that keeps us from doing something about it?

Think about each of these next steps that make a huge difference over time. What can you do this week to...

1. See the needs around you?
2. Feel the pain of the needs you see?
3. Do something about it?
4. Be generous?
5. Do it again?

What is one step you will do this week based on how you answered above?

With two weeks to go before Easter, this is a unique time in the year where we can see the spiritual needs of those around us, feel their pain of being far from God, and then do something about it - something as simple as an invitation to church on Easter. Who has come to mind for you? Who will you invite? How will you tell your own story of why you want them to come experience Jesus with you?


Pray for each person's next step that they identified above that they will take this week to make a difference. Then pray for each of the names of the people each member of the micro church is going to be inviting to Easter at OneLife. Pray for the Easter Egg Hunts that our micro church is hosting and the many others that will be happening around the city.
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 disciple-able 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)?/giveback/giveback
  - 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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