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Softening the Blow of Agoraphobia (Luke 7:36-47)

Dennis Kreiss, October 21, 2017
Part of the Overcoming Your Fears - Sharing Your Faith series, preached for Growing Together Radio

Four different kinds of churches
“Frosty.” You are left on your own to find your way
“Friendly.” They smile and even shake your hands
“Friends.” They show they care. They know your name
“Family.” They share their lives with you
How many people could impact a year for the Kingdom of God?
We have over 100 visitors a year
Many of them are looking for a place to call home
Most of them are in a spiritual search for answers
The Fear of church
Agoraphobia is the fear of public places
Ecclesiaphobia is the fear of church
Why are many people are afraid of church?
The Value of the visitor
God has sent the visitor to us!
We have an important contribution to make
The visitor is a testing of our love
The Visitor Story - Luke 7:36-47.
A Pharisee invited Jesus to his house – that’s great!
A woman of “ill repute” anointed his feet
Your love for Jesus depends on your understanding of forgiveness
What’s in a greeting?
Washing the feet 44
A necessity to clean the dust and dung from the feet
How do you make an uneasy traveler feel at home in church?
The Kiss 45
A loose cheek to cheek hug of welcome
How can you greet a visitor and make them feel welcome
Anointing the head 46
Olive oil was rubbed into the hair to freshen up the guests
What can we do to “refresh our guests?”
Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these – Mt 25:
The purpose of the greeting – to bless. Numbers 6:22-26
Faith Factor Prayer
Lord thank you for the gift of a life free of fear. Help me to stir my faith into flame. Take my weakness and insecurity and replace it with your power. Transform the little that I have to give into a love that touches others. Replace my anxieties with a sound mind. I am willing to go if you go with me. I am ready to step out and begin the process of building relationships for the Kingdom of God.


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