You Can’t Get Closer to God Without Getting Closer to His Children . . . Even the Ones Who Seem Farthest Away Closer — Part 3 Dr. Tim Harlow June 4-5, 2016

Dear Saddleback Family,

Use the Message Action Plan below to help put the things you learned this weekend into practice. If you missed last weekend’s message, click here to watch it online.

You Can’t Get Closer to God Without Getting
Closer to His Children . . .  Even the Ones

Who Seem Farthest Away
Closer Part 3
Dr. Tim Harlow
June 4-5, 2016

“A Great church has a great commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.” Pastor Rick Warren

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)


  1. If you want to get close to a father, you have to care about his children.

    Removing ourselves from the world was never the goal.  It’s the opposite of the goal!

    Why Am I Alive? To share the Good News.

    The focus of our Purpose Driven life should be our mission. 

    “The most important thing in my life is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.”  Acts 20: 24(NCV)

    Action Plan: Identify your different areas of life (Work, family, school, neighborhood, etc.).  Write down the names of people you are in regular contact with from each of them and pray daily for them.  Commit to engaging more with them (Invite someone on your list to church.  Take someone out to lunch.  Offer to help someone move. Etc.)

  2. Jesus demonstrated how to love our neighbor. (God’s Children)

    “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with Him and His disciples.”   Matthew 9:10 (NIV)

    “On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick . . . For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Matthew 9:12-13 (NIV)

    Action Plan: Read through the story of Jesus and Matthew again in Matthew 9. Spend some time this week praying about the truths we see in this chapter and ask God if there are any “Matthews” (or “Biker Mikes”) he wants you to be spending more time with.

  3. A witness is who you are, not something you do.

    (Jesus said) “You will be my witnesses . . .” (Not you will do witnessing). Acts 1:8 (NIV)

    “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”  Luke 15:7 (NIV)

    Action Plan: Spend 5 minutes each day this week thinking about what it means to BE a witness instead of DOING witnessing.  Write out a list of ways you can be more intentional about being a witness and choose to incorporate them into your daily life (Ex. Having a daily quiet time; living with integrity and honesty; making biblical choices; reconciling with others; etc.)

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