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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)
TITLE: Guilty by Association?
By Ashley Heydt
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To explain Himself, Jesus offered three parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Parable of the Lost Coin, and The Parable of the Lost Son. Jesus associated Himself with the “sinners” because he was going after the “lost sheep,” “lost coins,” and “lost sons” of the world, just as we are called to do today. In fact, that is evangelism in a nutshell. So, while the world’s view may say you are “guilty by association,” I would argue you are guiltier by not associating at all. I will leave you with one warning, though. Be sure you are doing God’s work in these relationships. First Peter 2:12 suggests, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
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