Go There Part 1

Examining The Question, "Why Does God Send Us To Unwanted Places?".

Tim Lundy
May 16, 2021    37m
Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do or go somewhere you didn't want to be? Like Jonah, we may also wonder, why does God send us to unwanted places? The question is, will we follow His calling, or, like Jonah, will we flee to avoid it? Video recorded at Los Gatos, California.

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Tim Lundy: [00:00:01] Well, Venture, as we start this new series, I want those of you who are parents, can you remember with me that time when you've had a child and they first tell you the word no. Once they learn it, they love it. I mean, here you are with this baby that becomes a toddler and you're asking him to do something perfectly reasonable, something for their own good, either something they need to eat or a bath or something you need them to do. And once they learn they can raise up with their own will and defy you, they look at you and they say, no, and you have that battle of the wills. In fact, I think it's one of the maddening parts of parenting, that all along the journey with kids, you come to these places where you have to lead them to do what they need to do for their good and they don't want to do it.

Tim Lundy: [00:00:55] Now, here's the reality, God does the same thing with us. I know he certainly has done it in my life. Times where he's called me to do things, or I read things in the Bible, and I just don't want to do it. And sometimes I can even be a little defiant about it, maybe not as outwardly as a two-year-old, but I'll ignore what he's saying, or I'll try my own thing and hope he leaves me alone in it.

Tim Lundy: [00:01:23] You know, we're going to start a series where God calls a man to do something pretty radical and he just doesn't want to do it. He does a basic, it's a full-blown temper tantrum, he gives God a no. If you got your Bible, you can turn, we're going to look in the book of Jonah. And I know as soon as I say the word Jonah, we immediately go to whales and that. That's part of the story, but it's a small part of the story, in fact, we're not even going to look at that part this week. I just want you to look at not so much what Jonah did, but I want us to think about this week, why did he respond this way, and do we respond this way to God?

Tim Lundy: [00:02:04] If you got your Bibles, turn to Jonah chapter 1, and we'll read there. Look at it in verse 1, "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai." And to give you a little background on Jonah, we only have one other context where we see him. If you look in Second King's 14, it mentions Jonah, the son of Amitai, and he lived in the northern kingdom of Israel and God had spoken a prophecy to him. During that time that the children of Israel and the northern nation, in particular, had been really oppressed by the nations around them. And so, God gives Jonah this prophecy that he's going to expand the borders, in other words, he's going to actually give Israel more land. And this was the most tangible sign of blessing that you could have. You've got to remember, these are agrarian people, everything depended on the land. And so, the most tangible way that God would show that he's blessing, is he gives more land. And so, Jonah's this prophet who gets to declare to the people, hey, God's about to expand our boundaries. And then through the leadership of Jeroboam, God did it, they got more land, the country expanded.

Tim Lundy: [00:03:14] Now, you got to imagine at this point, Jonah's a pretty popular guy. I mean, you're the guy that got to tell everybody, man, God's going to bless us, and you were ahead of the curve. It'd be like the financial planner who years ago told everybody, man, you ought to invest in Apple. Or maybe you worked at a venture capital firm, and you were the guy that said, you know, I really think we ought to invest in this Facebook thing. And then everybody looks at you go, man, you're the man, that was Jonah's life. And I can picture him just kind of walking along and everybody going, Jonah, we love the new territory. He's like, yeah, glad you got it. Hey, Jonah, any more words from the Lord? Hey, I'll tell you as soon as I hear it. Life's good for Jonah.

Tim Lundy: [00:03:59] And so, in Jonah 1 God comes and he says, I've got another word to you, I want to tell you something directly. And I've got to think at this point, Jonah is like, bring it on, God. How are you going to bless us now? But notice what God says in verse 2, he said, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” So he says, I want you to go, and I want you to go to Nineveh. Now, Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, it's about five hundred and fifty miles northeast from where Jonah lived. So he says, I want you to go to that, notice he says, that great city. He's using it in two ways, it truly was a great city, it was one of the world's capitals, a huge city, but it also was a city that had great potential for evil. That God says, I've heard of the evil that they're doing, they've reached this point that I can't let this continue.

Tim Lundy: [00:05:06] And to just give you a little bit of context, Nineveh, the Assyrian empire was growing, it was becoming the next dominant world power. And as it grew under the leadership of Tiglath-Pileser, and then later Sennacherib, they went on this global campaign, and they started taking over other countries. And when these empires would do it, some would do it in different ways. Assyria was known, they were a country killer, they were a culture killer. This is how they would dominate the world, when they went into a country and they defeated the army of that country, they didn't want to leave the people there. They would either decimate, and there are stories of how cruel they were, that they would behead just huge groups of people. And if they wanted to take prisoners, they'd put them on a chain or a rope and put a hook through their side and have them march back to Assyria. They wanted the whole world scared of them so that no one would have the guts to stand up against them. And because of that, they never left behind the original people of that country, they bring in other groups so that they can mix them together and that way keep that culture from ever rising again. They were country killers, they were culture killers, they're everything opposite of what Jonah would consider Israel. Man, we're the people of God, this is where God's doing this good thing, this is where the temple is. And you want me to go there and warn them? And we'll find out in Jonah 4, at the heart of this, he doesn't want those people to hear about God's mercy, he doesn't want those people who've hurt so many people, he doesn't want them to get to experience it.

Tim Lundy: [00:07:00] So he looks at it, what's his response? He says, no. And he doesn't just say, no, look what he does in verse 3, read with me. It says, "Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish." And notice why, "From the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD." So if you look at it, when Jonah, he's here, he's right here in the northern kingdom of Israel. God tells him, I want you to go to Nineveh, 550 miles to the northeast. Look what he does, he first goes to Joppa, why do you go to Joppa? Joppa is a port city where you catch a boat, you don't need a boat to go to Nineveh, it's a land journey. But Joan is not going to Nineveh, Jonah gets on a boat and his goal is Tarshis, it's literally the last city in the known world. I don't want to go 550 miles this way, I'm going to go 2500 miles in the opposite direction because I absolutely don't want to do what God's called me to do.

Tim Lundy: [00:08:16] And as you look at that, maybe you know the story, you know what's going to happen. I want us to stop for a minute, I don't want us to just think about what he did, remember again, why did he do it? Why was his reaction so strong? And part of the reason he did this is, just the whole mentality of how they approach the world as Israelites, as the people of God. I mean, think about it, and Joan is a faithful guy, not a bad guy, he's a faithful guy. It was hard to be a follower of God in this world, it was hard to be an Israelite, to be faithful to that, they had enemies all around them. And even though God had called them from the beginning with Abraham, he said, Abraham, I'm going to bless you so that you can bless the nations. Somewhere along the way, like it is easy for any of us as the people of God, that we lose the focus out there and it becomes about surviving here, and life here, and what we need. And as Jonah looked at it, I mean, it wasn't that he was against the people of the world. They could have a relationship with God, but here's how they need to do it, we're not going to go there, they need to come here. Come to Israel, come to the temple, this is where we meet God, come be like us, learn our laws, become a God-fearer. If you really want to convert and you're a male, you need to get circumcised. And then after you've been circumcised, and after you learn the law, the more you integrate like us, you can experience God, but it's going to be all about if you're willing to come here.

Tim Lundy: [00:10:00] Then God looks at Jonah, he goes, yeah, I got something radical for you, I want you to go there, I want you to go to them? And then Jonah looks at the there and he goes, wait, God, I think you made a mistake. Out of all the people you could pick on the planet, not there, not Ninevites, not after what they've done, not after the hurt they've cost, not after the injustice in the world. God, I don't want them to experience your mercy, I want them to be judged, I don't want to go there. So he does everything he can to get away from the presence of the Lord, he literally gets on a boat to get away from God.

Tim Lundy: [00:10:45] And reading the story, we kind of laugh at it, but, guys, I see that in play all the time. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people when they start disobeying God, they pull back from God, they pull back from church. I've seen young people who sometimes they go off to school, and they start engaging in behavior they wouldn't have before, and it's so easy to suddenly turn on God. Well, I don't even believe in God anymore. Really what's going on, the disobedience in their life is causing so much dissonance in their heart, it's easier to try to get away from God or turn on God. So Jonah does the ultimate, I'll just get on a boat and go the opposite way.

Tim Lundy: [00:11:29] Look what God does, though, "As he goes, the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up." This isn't a minor storm; this is like the whole thing's going to break up. "The mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep." That's probably a good metaphor for Jonah, he's asleep in a lot of ways. "So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.” He's like, hey, we're all crying out to our God, give us a little help here. Remember, sailors, are very superstitious, they had many gods, and so they're going, let's see if one of them, maybe it's yours, will help us.

Tim Lundy: [00:12:24] Now as it continues in the passage, "And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” Lots is kind of like spin the bottle, they would cast dice, but as a way of pointing out. And when they spin, it lands on Jonah, "And they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you from?" They're giving him the third degree. Come on, tell us what's going on, there's something here and you're the cause of it.

Tim Lundy: [00:12:53] Notice what Jonah says when they ask these questions, "And he said to them..." And I love the ego almost of this, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD" I fear Yahweh. You almost feel kind of this pride, remember, we're the people that have the truth, we're the people that have the temple, we're the people who have it all. I am a Hebrew and I fear Yahweh, the God of heaven." And I love this line, because you can feel the disconnect between Jonah's behavior and his belief. He says, "I fear the God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land." Now I'm trying to get away from that God, even though he's the God that made everything, he's the God of the sea in the land. And "The men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” I mean, literally, they look at him and they go, what do you do? I mean, are you crazy? Your God is the one that made all this, wat do you think you're doing? "For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them." I'm on a boat to get away from God.

Tim Lundy: [00:14:01] I love these guys, they're good guys, if you look at the next verse, they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous." The storm starts raging that much more, and they look at Jonah and they said, hey, "What can we do to appease your God?" And you would think at this point, Jonah would say, okay, here's what we need to do, we just need to turn around, I need to go back. Instead of going this way, I need to obey God and go the journey he called me to go. But Johan doesn't say that does he, look what Jonah says, he says, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” I mean, it sounds noble, but you know what John is saying at this point, I would rather die than do what God wants me to do. Just throw me in. I mean, God has said go, and I'm not going, and I just would rather die here than obey. Now, these guys don't give up on Jonah that easy, if you look at the next verse, they try as hard as they can to row, but they can't. So finally, they pray to God and it's like, don't put his blood on us, we have no other choice, and they picked up Jonah and they hurled him into the sea and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord. Earlier, they're praying to any God, now they're praying to the Lord, and they make vows to him. For a guy who didn't want to be a missionary, Jonah is actually pretty good at it, even when he's not trying to be.

Tim Lundy: [00:15:48] As you look at this point in the story, I mean, they have no choice, they tossed Jonah into the ocean, and they see that God really is in control of this. And again, I know immediately we want to jump to what happens next, but I want to stop at this moment. And again, I want to ask us, why did Jonah respond in this way? What is it that was so driving him? And could we have that same mentality as well? Would it be easy for us to get a mentality that we lose sight of the fact that God's always been a God that calls us to go there? To cross lines to reach out. And if you look through scripture, this story is not a stand-alone. If anything, I think the story is good for us because it shows us, again, when God commands and we don't want to do it, but if you look all through the Bible, God is constantly modeling or calling his people, man, you need to go there, you need to step out with it. And the reality is, we often struggle with it.

Tim Lundy: [00:17:00] I was just thinking of some of the examples of going there if you look in Scripture. I mean, you look at the example of Jesus, it's fascinating to me in Jesus’ time, it harkens back a little bit to Jonah's time. Because there was this land right in the middle of the nation of Israel called Samaria, and the Jews hated the Samaritans, and part of the reason they did it goes all the way back to the Assyrian empire. Because when the Assyrians came and ultimately, they took the nation of Israel, the northern kingdom, they took them hostage, they destroyed their country, and when they did, they brought in other people so that anybody that was left would intermarry. And so that's where the Samaritans came from, they were a group of other nations and Jews, they mixed their cultures together, they mixed their beliefs together. So by the time of Jesus' day in the nation of Israel, any time a Jew had to travel through Samaria, they hated it, they looked down on them. They had this thought about it, is these people are below us and they defile us.

Tim Lundy: [00:18:11] John chapter 4, Jesus and his disciples they're traveling through Samaria, and his disciples go into town to get some food. And if you know the story, Jesus is tired, he sits down by a well, and sitting next to him is a Samaritan woman. And remember the mentality of how the Jews thought about the Samaritans, and it was even worse, the men thought they were better than the women. And Jesus looks over at this woman at the well, look what he says in the verse with it, "A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)" Notice her response, "The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)" Jesus looks over at her, he says, hey, can you give me a drink of water? She's shocked. Why? Because Jews don't talk to Samaritans, men don't talk to women. And here was the most shocking part, you got to remember, Jesus is sitting there, he doesn't have a cup, he has nothing to draw with. So he's going to have to drink out of her pot or out of her cup. I mean, the lines that he's crossing in that moment, it's to the point when his disciples come back, they're horrified. What is he doing talking to a Samaritan woman? But if you read the story, it leads to a whole village coming to know who Jesus is. He tells his disciples, he says, man, look at this, the fields are white, there's a harvest that's there. but you'll never experience it unless you're willing to go there, unless you're willing to cross lines, that may make you uncomfortable.

Tim Lundy: [00:20:12] Another example stands out in scripture. Peter, even after Christ's resurrection, Peter, the church is forming and it's in Jerusalem, but they still had struggled, even the early church. They had trouble, as Jewish people, really going there, are we really going to invite the Gentile world in? And Peter is in Joppa, remember that port city of Jonah, it shows up again. Peter's down in Joppa because God wants Peter to go on a journey, not across the sea, but across racial lines, across social lines. And Peter has this dream, and he starts seeing all these animals come down from heaven, animals that as Jews, they wouldn't eat, they're not clean. And God commands him, he says, hey, Peter, eat. Peter's like, no, God, that's not clean. And God says, I'll declare what's clean. Now, the dream really wasn't just about animals, it was really how you're going to treat people. Because look at Acts 10 when Peter wakes up, "And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation for I have sent them.” You just go with them, and they take Peter to this man, Cornelius, who's a Gentile, and they take him to Cornelius' house. Now to us, that's not a big deal, at that point, Jewish believers, even, wouldn't go into the household of a Gentile. And yet, God told Peter, go.

Tim Lundy: [00:21:42] And look what Peter says to Cornelius when he goes in the house a few verses later, "And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation." You know our rules, you know we don't do this, we don't associate, "But God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean." See, God showed me, I don't get to define the line, I don't get to pull back, "So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.” See, he does the opposite of Jonah, when Jonah was sent, what'd he do? He ran. Peter goes, do you know what I've learned, I've learned when God tells you, you obey. And even though it makes me uncomfortable, even though this will probably hurt my reputation, my people don't do this.

Tim Lundy: [00:22:43] Man, when God says go, you go. Guy's it's the core of what we believe as a church, it's the core of what Jesus commissioned. Look what he tells his church, we talk about these verses all the time. Look at Matthew 28, And Jesus came and said to them, he's talking to his disciples, he's talking to all of us. He says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Because he died on the cross, because he rose from the dead, because he's commissioning his church. Look what he says, I got all authority, and here's what I'm telling you to do. Notice what he doesn't say, he doesn't say because I rose from the dead, here's what we need to do, you need to get everybody in the world to come here and you teach them here. No, what does he say? He doesn't say, come here, he says, "You need to go therefore..." And look where there is, "And make disciples of all nations." You need to go to all people, see, in that moment, he's commissioning his church and he says at the core of the command I give to you; you go. And you go to all the nations, there's no people, there's no person, nobody is beyond God's mercy, nobody has gone too far, no nation or people are group, no matter what they've done, is beyond the pale of the mercy of God. And I have the authority, and I call you to go there, everywhere. And notice what he says in that, "I'll be with you to the end of the age." Part of this is comforting, but part of it is this recognition, he's a God who's always going there, so if you want to be with him, you better go too. He's a God who's always on mission, if you want to be near to him, you better go too.

Tim Lundy: [00:24:37] And, guys, as we think about it this week, I just want to stop at this point, we'll continue on with Jonah's journey and the other parts of the story. But this week, I just want us to think about that thought, and maybe ask ourselves some questions. And I think it's really important where we are as a church right now, I mean, this weekend's our first weekend, we're having one service indoors, we're in venue two. I mean, hopefully in July we're going to come back in, we're back in the church. And if you're like me, man, I have been longing to be here, I've been longing to do church again. But here's what I don't want us to do, I don't want us to have a mentality that everything is so about here that we lose the heart of what God's saying about there.

Tim Lundy: [00:25:26] So let me ask you, I'd just ask you the question, what is your mindset? Do you have a come here mindset, or a go there mindset? And here's what I mean in that, do you have a come here mindset that it can happen to any of us, it happens to the people of God, it happened to his children, it happens to churches, where as good as our hearts are, as much as we care about people in the world, we kind of go passive and we don't really get active in it, and we get to the point that everything's about how do we survive here? How do we do church here? How are we coming together here? And when you have a come here mindset, it slowly drifts into a stay here mindset, because it's a bad world out there. So, man, we better stay here, and then you can almost move into a place we've got to protect here, we've got to protect how we do church and we've got to protect what we like about church. And without even thinking about it, you almost get into a consumer mindset that when I come here, I want here to be exactly what I need, and I want here to be what church means to me, and I want here to be focused here, it's so easy to do.

Tim Lundy: [00:26:42] See, it's a simple shift, but it's pretty radical. That when your fundamental mindset is, man, how do we go there? How do we reach the people around us? How do we reach neighbors and friends? How do we reach people who don't know Jesus yet? How do we look at them, and yeah, we want them to come here, in fact, it changes how we think about here. So, that when I come to church, I'm not just thinking about what I get out of it, its, man, what about my friends who don't know Jesus? Man, how do we engage t hem here? How do we speak to them here? How do we worship in a way that, man, they could engage here? I just ask you at this point, do you have a come here mindset where you're open to the world, but they better come to you? Or do we have a go there mindset? And when I say that, just remember this, Jesus tells everybody on the planet, come to me, but he tells his church, go to them, there's a big difference.

Tim Lundy: [00:27:43] When I say that as well, I would ask you, where is your there? Where's your there? I mean, Jonah, it was Nineveh, and it was a pretty hard there. He had to cross 550 miles, he had a cross cultural lines, he had to cross country lines, it's a radical call on Jonah. I'm not even going that radical with you; I'm just asking where is your there. And for many of us, it's not 550 miles, it's probably 550 feet, you're there are the neighbors who live around you, you're there are your co-workers, you're there are family members, people in your sphere. And I would just ask you, are you willing to go there, though? Are you willing to move into their lives, and connect with them, and move outwardly with that?

Tim Lundy: [00:28:39] And as I say that you may have to wrestle with things like Jonah did. I'll be honest, I think a lot of us don't want to go there because we don't like the there. We don't like those people, they're different than me. And even now, you'll look around and go, Tim, they vote opposite of me, we're of different political parties, we approach covid differently, we approach socialist issues differently. I mean, we're getting divided within the church over things like this, and I'm talking about the big Church in our country. How much more is it easy to look at that and go, man, I don't even like those people, much less want to connect with them and reach them. Maybe if you feel those things, and you find it, man, you need to confess it, and ask God, start working in my heart. Man, I don't want to think anybody's outside of the wideness of God's mercy, and I want to take that message to them and cross that.

Tim Lundy: [00:29:45] Maybe as I say that I'm talking about somebody that's hurt you. So, even as you think about it, you don't want them right with God, you want them to be judged by God. You know, Paul Yungi Cho, was at one point he was a pastor of the largest church in the world in Korea. And as his ministry was expanding, he had promised God, he said, God, I'll take this gospel message anywhere in the world except one place he really had a problem, was Japan. And post-World War II, some of the atrocities that the Korean people had experienced during the war at the hands of the Japanese, his own family had experienced, he had deep wounds, deep hatred. You know, I saw this firsthand when we lived in Bangkok, one of our closest friends were missionaries and she was one 1/8th Japanese, and then she told me one day, she said, I don't let anybody know that. She said a lot of times when the Thai people hear I'm Japanese at all, I lose friendship, I'll lose all relationship, because many of them were hurt during the war as well.

Tim Lundy: [00:30:57] As Pastor Chao wrestled with this, he knew the day would come, he got an invitation to come and speak in Japan, and it was to speak to a thousand Japanese ministers. And he wrestled all the way as he went up on the stage and as he started to speak, the first thing that came out of his mouth was just this guttural, primal, true feeling, he told him, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, then he crumbled in tears. That was the honesty of where he was. Then first one, and then another, and finally the whole group of pastors came, and they knelt before him and they asked for forgiveness for their people. It wasn't what they had done, but they asked for forgiveness, and they asked if he could extend that to them. And through tears, as Pastor Cho described it, he's able to look at them through Christ and say, I love you, I love you, I love you. And as he described it, he meant it, because of what Christ could do.

Tim Lundy: [00:30:57] Guys, as we look at the world all around us, I know there's a lot of things that get us upset, there's a lot of beliefs, the cultures changing in different ways, there's things that we get afraid of in it. And it's easy to look all around and turn everybody into an enemy and look at these people and we don't want to reach them; I just want to judge them. And when we do that, we're losing the heart of what God's called us to do, we're go there people, because we have the message of reconciliation, because we have a Savior who can change any hearts. You know, one of the things I'm going to talk about in this series, you know, I talked about the Assyrians and some of the atrocities they did. I can't wait, in a couple of weeks, I'm going to tell you how God moved among the Assyrian people, in fact, some of the greatest Christians you'll meet in the world today are Assyrian Christians, because God can change any heart.

Tim Lundy: [00:33:18] The final question I'd just ask you today as we finish out, what does the next step out there look like for you? What does it mean for you to go there? Where is your there, have you even thought about that? And what would it look like to take the next step? And I want to encourage you, we're working on ways as a church. In fact, this summer, we're going to talk over the next several weeks, we're putting together these block party kits, invitations and we've actually got a kit of games and stuff that you can do. That we want the members of Venture, we want you to host a block party. Just get with your neighbors and coordinate it with them, and on the materials, nothing says Venture in it. We don't want to talk about the church, we want them connected with you. And just give you a chance, maybe over dinner or over outside, having a picnic together, some way that you host it, that we could start being the connection point in our neighbors and in our neighborhoods.

Tim Lundy: [00:34:19] I mean, let me just ask you an honest question, do your neighbors even know your name? How are you ever going to tell them Jesus' name, if they don't even know your name? And I know even as I say that some of you, you're feeling that same nervousness. I mean, you want to run like Jonah right now, don't do it. And hear me, the goal of our block parties is just so they can get to know you. We're not asking you to deliver some sermon or that, we just want them to actually know you. And so we want to equip our people any way we can, just so that we start loving and knowing our neighbors and those around us, and then take the next step. What's your next step out there? Maybe you don't know what it is, here's what I'd encourage you, ask God. Maybe you don't know where your there is, ask God. Just ask him, hey, God, who in my world are you asking me to connect with? Who are you asking me to step in their life? Who could you open up doors, that I could share Jesus? We're called to be a church to go there. I can't wait for the day when we are so opened up, we can tell everybody in the Bay Area, come here. But guys, come here means nothing if we're not a people that embrace go there, wherever there is.

Tim Lundy: [00:35:47] Let's pray. Father, I thank you...

Recorded in Los Gatos, California.
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16845 Hicks Road
Los Gatos, California 95032