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All In Part 1
Miles McPherson - November 6, 2011

Message Recap

Pastor Miles began today’s message with a tightrope metaphor. A tightrope walker had his rope suspended across a dangerous waterfall so that if he fell from his rope, he would die. When he traveled across successfully, the crowd was amazed and excited. Next, the tightrope walker brought a wheelbarrow to the rope, asking the crowd if they believed he could get across while rolling the wheelbarrow. They cheered that he could and urged him to go. So the man pointed to a little boy nearby and asked, “Do you believe I can make it?” The boy replied, “Yes!” So the tightrope walker said, “Then get in the wheelbarrow and come with me.”

If you believe in Jesus, you’re supposed to be in the wheelbarrow, and not just part of you, part of the time, but all-in, all the time. The wheelbarrow represents God’s plan for your life and for us corporately as a body of believers. We have to get in and let Him push us wherever He wants us to go.

Our goal is that for every way someone can be lost, we will provide a practical way for them to be found in the very place where they have ended up.

The Rock Church has a goal to impact all of San Diego, but we can’t do it without you. We all have to be all-in, fully committed to God. God has done amazing things in the life of our church, but He is not finished. Our goal is that for every way someone can be lost, we will provide a practical way for them to be found in the very place where they have ended up.

If you are going to get in the wheelbarrow and be all-in, there are four things you need to trust.

1. Trust that there is a Holy need.

And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them…" Exodus 3:7-8

Often when God calls a deliverer, He sends the person as a response to the others who are crying out to Him. He doesn’t mobilize church bodies just so they can be together and have fun, but rather to transform them into the image of Christ and send them forth to help others who are in pain.

We can believe without doubt that there is a holy need in San Diego. Within 10 miles of our church building, there are 12 abortion clinics, 20 adult book stores, 7 homeless shelters, 30 drug treatment centers, 115 bars and nightclubs, 98 liquor stores, and 15 escort services. These statistics represent a lot of pain and brokenness, not to mention the annual statistics of 377 suicides, 300 rapes, 1636 robberies, and 29 murders. San Diego is crying out in pain; the holy need is all around us. He breaks Gods heart and He wants to send His people to have an impact on our city. Can we reply, “Here I am, send me,” (Isaiah 6:8)?

2. Trust that you are standing on Holy ground.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

Our goal is that for every way someone can be lost, we will provide a practical way for them to be found in the very place where they have ended up.

In the Old Testament times, when someone bought land, a tradition was to walk the land to show his ownership. Then when the land was sold, the owner would give his shoe as a deed. In this verse, the Lord tells Moses that He is entering God’s territory and the he should walk humbly.

In the same way, God has a claim on our building. Our church facility is all about Jesus. It is holy, set aside for His purposes, whatever they may be. Just by occupying space in His building, we agree to be part of His will and His plans for San Diego.

3. Trust that you have a Holy calling.

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us... 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

God gives us the responsibility to reconcile others to Him. We must recognize that people are ruining their lives all around us, and that we can have an impact to show God’s love in a practical way and bring them to Him.

For example, statistics show that 90% of people who are incarcerated are illiterate. So imagine: just by participating in a ministry where you are helping struggling readers learn to read, you can reduce the crime rate of our city and give people hope for a different life. This is the ministry of love and reconciliation and it is our responsibility.

4. Trust that God will make Holy provision.

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you." Exodus 3:11-12

God has given us the vision to plant churches all over San Diego to locally reach the 183 zip codes in our county. But just as Moses doubted in his own ability, we can’t do it alone. We can only reach these people with radical change by the power that God provides. Jesus promises this same power to His disciples as He leaves them to do their ministry:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

God wants to transform the lives of the people in San Diego through you. Do you believe Him? Do you trust Him? It’s time to get in the wheelbarrow! Put yourself all-in so that He can take you where He wants you to go.

This Message

Join Pastor Miles this Sunday as he challenges us to stop living at the edges of Holiness. Before you come, ask yourself this question: Are you all in?

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