Out-Relationship with Others (Up In Out #3)

Sermon Synopsis

Erin begins by sharing the story of the launch of Riverwood Church, which took place ten years ago. Despite facing initial skepticism and criticism, the church has grown and made a positive impact in the community. This serves as a reminder that living out the gospel can overcome any doubts or opposition.

The Image Problem of Christianity

Erin highlights the negative perception that many non-Christians have towards Christians and the church. He references the book 'Un Christian' which reveals the common opinions of non-Christians, including views of Christians as hypocritical, insincere, and judgmental. This challenges us to reflect on how our actions and behavior can either reinforce or dispel these negative stereotypes.

Living Out the Gospel

Erin emphasizes that as Christians, we are called to live our lives in a way that is attractive to others. He references biblical passages that encourage us to walk in wisdom towards outsiders and to have a defense ready for our faith, responding with gentleness and respect. By living out the gospel, we have the opportunity to change people's perceptions and draw them closer to God.

The Power of Out

The sermon concludes with a discussion on the power of living outward. Erin explains that the gospel is not just for ourselves, but is meant to be shared with others. He encourages us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This outward focus allows us to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Practical Application

To practically apply the teachings from Erin's sermon, we can turn to Romans 12:9-21. This passage provides a comprehensive guide on how to live out the gospel in our daily lives. It emphasizes the importance of genuine love, abhorring evil, serving the Lord fervently, and showing honor to others. Additionally, it encourages us to bless those who persecute us, live in harmony with one another, and overcome evil with good.


Living out the gospel is not just a theoretical concept, but a practical way of life. By following the example of Jesus and demonstrating love, kindness, and grace, we can make a positive impact on those around us. Let us strive to live outward and be a reflection of God's love in the world.

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