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Whatever It Takes by Mind Map: Whatever It Takes
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Whatever It Takes

Based on 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 Especially the verse that says "I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings." Unselfishness is required for a "whatever it takes" attitude. The blessings of the gospel are not simply ours to enjoy, they are ours to share, and we should do whatever it takes to share the Good News!

A church for ALL people

"There is no longer Jew or Gentile,t slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." ~ Galatians 3:28 NLT Jesus opened the way for all to come. The cross completely levels the playing field, and demonstrated God's love toward sinners of all backgrounds. He is now assembling to Himself a people called out of every tribe, tongue, and nation on earth. We need to reflect that by embracing all people as well on the grounds of the gospel.  

We are FREE yet BOUND

In western Christianity, we often spend time trying to figure out what we can get away with and still be faithful, or what rights we can claim. Paul's attitude was rather, "though I am free..." what can I give up? How can I go the extra mile? What can I do to further substantiate the claims of the gospel to you?

Bound to keep our integrity

Paul had been accused of preaching for the money. He lays down a great argument for paying those who preach, but then delights in his ability to charge them nothing so that they could never hold this accusation against him. In other words, there are times when our integrity matters more than our rights.

Bound to lead people to the cross

We are free, but we have a huge and heavy responsibility to utilize our freedom as an opportunity to tell the world about Jesus.


How can I stretch myself for others? Or better, how can I allow God to stretch me to expand my influence and help me to make a real difference?

See people as Jesus does

Touch the untouchable

Reach outside my comfort zone

of familiarity

of tradition

of safety

Engage people where they are

Jesus demonstrated an amazing ability to do this. In John chapter 3, He is conversing with Nicodemus, an expert in the law. In chapter 4, He is at a well with a "common" woman who was rather mixed up religiously. Whether to lawyers or prostitutes, Jesus knew how to meet people where they were.

Try many methods to reach many people

Methods are many, principles are few. Methods always change, principles never do.

Create relational bridges

Find ways to allow people into your life. Open up! Be transparent! Be authentic! This one is, admittedly, tough for me. I didn't grow up with a model of authenticity so I find myself challenging myself now - how can I be more open? People need to relate to YOU before they relate to the gospel. You are the bridge.

Hand all the credit to God

We can't do the saving. By ALL means, SOME might be saved. In other words, the results of our efforts are not ultimately up to us. We do the best we can to STRETCH ourselves, but it is in the power of God alone to do the work of saving.