Pastor Dave Sarsons
July 21, 2019
SERMON: July 21st, 2019 “Outsourcing – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Years ago a large manufacturing company had a certain project come up and they had to decide whether to produce the product “in house” or whether to “outsource” the job. The company executive decided to contract the job out to another company and the results were disastrous. They were late delivering the product which caused us to be late shipping it. Even worse was the fact that they did not do the job correctly and we had to work overtime to correct their error. Because of this we lost a great deal of time and money. Now that is the ‘ugly’ of “Outsourcing”. Whoever coined the phrase “if you want something done right, do it yourself” must have outsourced some work somewhere along the way. Unfortunately, many people are trying to ‘outsource’ their responsibility to reach their family with the Gospel. It is no cliche to say that “Evangelism starts at home”. And to some degree we do that with school. “YOU teach him/her…” Too many people today are attempting to “outsource” the responsibility of evangelism that should be done “in house”.
The “good” of “outsourcing” comes from the example of the disciples in Acts 6:1-7. “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” Like the disciples, we h ave a specific call on our lives and God has given us all a job to do. We have influence over different people and often people will ‘remember not what was said or done, but they will remember how you make them feel”. So the challenge is to you – if your realm of influence is your children or if it is the workplace or if it is in church itself, are you being the influence that reflects the Gospel and the love of Christ?