BRINGING OTHERS TO CHRIST

BIBLE READING: JOHN 1:35-51

INTRODUCTION

[a] Our Bible reading is a wonderful challenge of what can happen, when we endeavour to introduce someone to the Saviour. What an encouragement.

[b] I said in a meeting a couple of weeks ago, that the majority of people who come to Christ do so, because of personal invitation.

[c] What I said at the time, was, that if we don't invite them to come in and hear the Gospel, then how can they hear, and how can they be saved?

[d] A lot of churches today, are no more than a body of self preservationists!

[e] They are doing very little, if anything, to win souls to Christ.

Their main aim and object, is to meet together as an exclusive little club - well it must be, mustn't it - if they don't try to get anyone else to come! That, and to keep their little clubhouse in working order!!

[f] Now if that is a picture of much of the Church today, it is a damning picture!

IT IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF WHY THE CHURCH WAS BROUGHT INTO BEING!

[g] What a far cry from "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature."

What a far cry from "Go into the highways and the byways and compel them to come in."

What a far cry from "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

What a far cry from "Here am I my Lord send me."

What a far cry from "Ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth."

[h] What has happened the Church??

Have we become too introverted, and lost the vision of why we exist?? We are to be God's WITNESSES in the world! God's AMBASSADORS! God's REPRESENTITIVES! God's HARVESTORS reaping the lost into the Kingdom before it's too late!!



POINT 1

[a] The early Church, were concerned with WINNING THE LOST!

Many in today's Church, are concerned with WINNING THE LOTTERY!

[b] The early Church were concerned with THE DANGERS OF NEGLECTING THE GOSPEL!

The Church today DILUTES THE VERY NATURE OF THE GOSPEL, so everyone can continue on the road to Hell without being offended!

[c] The early Church DEPENDED ENTIRELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Today's Church DEPENDS ON ACCOMPLISHMENT THROUGH SELF!

The Holy Spirit for them, is nothing more than a mention in their dogma or creed.

[d] The early Church lived in the EXPECTANCY AND URGENCY OF THE NEAR RETURN OF CHRIST!

The Church today TRIES TO EXPLAIN IT AWAY, and explains that the Lord didn't really mean what the early Church thought He meant! WHAT A SHOCK THEY'RE IN FOR!

POINT 2

[a] God has entrusted us, as Christians, with winning this world to Him. IS HIS TRUST JUSTIFIED??

[b] I challenged the congregation a couple of weeks ago, to see who had invited anyone to the meeting! It is not our responsibility to decide whether they will come or not! That is entirely up to them! Even if we think they are a lost cause - it is still our responsibility to invite them to come and hear the Gospel!

[c] Perhaps we at times feel difficulties in broaching the subject - well help is at hand.

In two weeks time - 8th - 9th March, we are having a GUEST WEEKEND, with a Gospel film on the Saturday night. Invitation tickets are available. What could be easier? IF THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE GRASPED - WE COULD SEE SOULS COMING TO CHRIST THAT WEEKEND!

Please take as many invitations as you can use - we can easily print more!

Whatever we do - let us not waste the opportunity!!!

[d] Invite people to come, and PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!

IF WE ARE TO SEE ANYTHING DONE FOR THE KINGDOM - WE NEED TO BE INTENSE - IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE - IN OUR PRAYERS AND IN OUR EXPECTATIONS!!

[e] You have people who you care about, who are on their way to a lost eternity - grasp this opportunity to win them to Christ.

[f] Look at the heights to which Peter ascended - WHY? BECAUSE HIS BROTHER ANDREW BROUGHT HIM TO JESUS!!

If Andrew hadn't brought him to Jesus, I wonder if we ever would have heard of Peter the leader of the Apostles.

[g] Bring people under the sound of the Gospel - let the Lord do the rest!

Help them meet with Christ, and they will never be the same again.

[h] There was a time here in the corps when we came along, Sunday after Sunday, EXPECTING to see souls saved! I'd like to see that expectancy return, wouldn't you?? I believe it can - but only if, as a body of God's people, we 'put our backs to the wheel', as they say, or maybe, in Salvation Army terminology, we 'roll the old chariot along'!

CONCLUSION

[a] I don't believe there is one of us here, who is doing enough to win the lost!

[b] We listen to the devil's lies about our inability to make any difference in anyone's life!

[c] Our word, our testimony, our invitation, backed home by our prayers, can be the means through which God's Holy Spirit can save and transform someone!

GOD CAN DO IT! DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? THEN GIVE HIM THE CHANCE!

[d] It is not dependent on your capabilities or mine - but

GOD'S CAPABILITIES THROUGH US!!

[e] Are you willing to be at His disposal??

If so, you will be AMAZED at what He can accomplish through you!!

SONG TUNE

52 826

prayer chorus no 32

chorus 231

386 761

384 869