A Friend of Sinners
March 13, 2016 | Brad Wingler
“Friend of Sinners”
Matthew 11:16-19 (Luke 7:31-35)
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
- Purpose of Jesus being a friend of sinners – to make disciples
- Purpose of Jesus being a friend of His disciples – to make disciples
- Purpose of followers of Christ being friends of sinners – to make disciples
- Purpose of followers of Christ being friends with followers of Christ – to make disciples
II. A Friend…
1. Values Face to Face Conversations
2. Pursues God with You
3. Offers Kindness
4. Prays for Restoration
5. Loves at all Times
6. Cares enough to Wound
III. …Of Tax Collectors and Sinners…
1. Tax collectors
- Ceremonially unclean, extortionists, enemies of Israel
- Did not keep the ceremonial laws of the day to the religious leaders
3. Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. (Matthew 9:10-13; Luke
4. Jesus never took on their life, values, language, thinking, morals…He
showed them His.
IV. How can you be a friend of sinners?
1. Be Humble
2. Get out and Get Involved!
3. Remember Lost People can be Nice Too
5. Wisely Review
a. Decompress/share with others
c. Plan for next time
Transformation verse – Jesus said…"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
We need to be a friend of sinners as Jesus was. We are to go to people with the hope of Christ.
#1- Reviewing this Past Sunday
Following Jesus: Being a Friend of Sinners
1. Review and discuss the sermon with someone.
2. What percentage of your time is spent within a “Christian Ghetto”?
Without neglecting the importance of the body of Christ, how can you
make changes to your schedule and be more visible as a light? Come up
with two or three practical ways to implement this week.
3. Think of at least two people in your sphere of influence with whom you
interact with regularly. In what ways have you neglected to see and
engage them as people? What are some specific questions you can ask
to make them feel loved and cared for?
4. Identify at least two people or families in your sphere of influence who are
hurting. How does Jesus offer love and encouragement to their hurt?
With your family, or on your own, come up with a real-life strategy to love
those people or families. Be specific when planning events, or ways to
5. Read Matthew 5:14-16. Who can you be the light of the world? How can
you be the light of the world this week?
# 2- Preparing for Next Sunday
Following Jesus: Relying on Jesus’ Finished Work At The Cross
Isaiah 52:13- 53:12
1. Read Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12. How is Jesus described?
2. How is Jesus’ earthly appearance and life described and how should that
3. How will He die according to this prophecy?
4. Why is his substitution in our place needed? (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John
5. What will Jesus see after His death on the cross? (53:10)
6. Who ultimately put Christ to death and why? (53:10)
7. How often do you thank Him for taking your place on the cross, and why
is it important to do so?
8. Pray for someone you know to trust in Christ and His work on the cross.