Spiritual Herd Immunity — when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes like Jesus Christ, we make spreading pride, sin and hatred less likely. As a result, the whole community is loved and protected by grace and truth.
“While knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.” 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 NLT
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.” Proverbs 11:30 NASB
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 NIV
1. We need to be wise in our moment.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Psalms 37:23 KJV
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV
✓ Be intentional in relationships.
✓ Find their spiritual spot.
✓ Add value to them.
“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 NLT
2. We need to be wise in our manner.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.” Matthew 5:13-15 MSG
✓ Make things better and brighter.
✓ Understand their world.
✓ Show them unconditional love.
“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to ﬁnd common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 NLT
3. We need to be wise in our message.
“Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start ﬁghts. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difﬁcult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.” 2 Timothy 2:23-25 NLT
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
✓ Share the hope we have.
✓ Share my church.
✓ Share Christ.
“We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable.” 2 Corinthians 8:21 NLT