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The Do Something Church - Part 1
Miles McPherson - January 9, 2011

Message Recap

Do-Something Church: A church body that is committed to doing what Jesus did in His Body with the intent of establishing pervasive hope.

Pervasive Hope: For every way someone can be lost, we want to provide a practical way for him or her to be found, in the very place s/he has have ended up.

Pastor Miles started this potent message with a story about his early days as a youth pastor who went to an intensive care unit to visit a woman who had been in a severe car accident. The woman had lost both of her legs at the knees and had extreme burns all over her body. Miles was present for her, but he didn’t know what to do, which aggravated the woman (and the nurse who was there) and left him feeling like a failure.

The point of the story was simple: Miles went to the hospital, but he didn’t understand the woman’s needs, so he was unable to address them.

1. Count and assess your community’s need.

Miles compared San Diego to an ICU with many needs that need to be healed. In Luke 17:11-12, Jesus is walking and comes across ten lepers. He tells them go to the priest and they will be healed (v. 14) and they follow His instructions and receive healing. However, only one of the ten people suffering from leprosy actually comes back to give thanks to Jesus.

Pastor Miles pointed out that our community needs help, just as these 10 lepers needed help. Listed below are places and events that happened from January to November 2010 just within a 10-mile radius of the Rock Church:

11 abortion clinics
17 adult book and video stores
32 drug treatment centers
5 homeless shelters
12 battered women’s resource centers
457 AA Meetings every week
315 bars and night clubs
11 strip clubs
38 escort services
16 hospitals
8 murders
174 rapes
287 armed robberies
1957 aggravated assaults
9789 thefts
3142 motor vehicle thefts

These numbers are staggering when you consider what a small area of San Diego this covers. Imagine the spiritual and emotional needs of the entire county.

2. Walk to the locations of your community’s need.

Miles threw up a map on the screen showing all the sites of these places. His point was that even if you lack transportation, there is someone or someplace within walking distance that needs your help.

Deuteronomy 11:24 says, “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours…” In Old Testament days, in order for a man to claim his land, he had to walk the entire land. We, as a church, need to walk the land surrounding us to meet the needs of our community. (And as an aside, Miles pointed out that Jesus walked everywhere He went.)

3. Ask how you can help your community’s need.

If we don’t ask how we can be of service, we don’t know. Even Jesus asked people how He could be of help to them.

So Jesus answered and said to him (a blind man), “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Mark 10:50

4. Respond to your community’s need with love.

This verse says it all: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ~ 1 John 4:7

As followers of Christ, we are the feet and hands to His love. How will people see the love God has for them if we don’t reach out and show them in a practical way?

The Do Something Church

This 3-part series reestablishes the Rock as the do something church committing to do what Jesus did in His body. This message examines how the Rock Church can offer hope to and meet the needs of the community.

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