“The Relationship Rut” We work ourselves into these relationship ruts and become comfortable. Then when someone breaks that routine, we miss God appointments in our lives. We fabricate social networks based on our own personal walls and boundaries. Relationships arent meant to be comfortable. We have 2 kinds of relationships: missional and inspirational. Matt 28: 19-20- Go make disciples in all nations, baptize, and teach them to obey commands of God. Missional relationship- anyone in your path who needs to develop a new or stronger relationship with Christ. The purpose of this is to turn it into an inspirational relationship. John 4: 3 – Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. In this story: A. Don’t let their status affect your mission. Jews looked down on Samaritans. Samaritans didnt like Jews. Sometimes we get in our heads what a good prospect would be, but everyone we come across is a prospect. There are no prerequisites for becoming a Christian. B. Don’t miss an opportunity to be missional. Jesus was hot and tired when he went to the well. Jesus discerned that the Samaritan woman was hurting. She was an outcast. He didn’t miss an opportunity to minister to her needs. C. Don’t be afraid to go deep. Jesus didn’t waste time cutting through her walls and barriers. He went straight to the root need in her life. We can’t be afraid to move past surface conversations. Jesus wasnt satisfied with surface conversation. Not every moment will be life changing, but we must be ready when the moment arises. Inspirational- any fellow Christian that you come into contact with. Prov. 27: 17- a friend sharpens a friend. Acts 2: 42- the early church devoted themselves to teaching, sharing meals, and prayer. A. Devoted themselves to the apostles teaching. Getting together and delving into the word helps in growth and maturity. B. They fellowshipped and shared meals. There is something about sharing a meal that induces conversation. Food is merely a medium for sharing and developing relationships. C. Prayer. Praying together with other believers is powerful. Acts 2: 43- a deep sense of awe came upon them all. 1 Cor 12: 7-10- the giving of spiritual gifts. Heb. 10: 25- don’t neglect coming together with other believers

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