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Next Steps in Following Jesus: Winning Others

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November 21, 2016 10:10 am

Next Steps in Following Jesus: Winning Others

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November 21, 2016 10:10 am

Dr. John H. Munro November 20, 2016 Romans 10:13-17 Salvation is a supernatural event. It is God who saves. It is Jesus Christ who forgives our sins. It is the Holy Spirit who indwells us. Yet, God in His grace gives us the wonderful privilege of partnering with Him in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others.

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Well this is the second to last message of this little series next steps in following Jesus, thank you for all of the feedback which is been very encouraging. Last week when I spoke of money as some of you stayed away, but you need to listen to that message you stayed away. You're the ones that need to hear the most, but being a follower of Jesus we are learning embraces every dimension of our life because Jesus not only is the Savior is the Lord. He is the Lord Jesus Christ this morning. Our subject is winning others know in one sense we can win anyone salvation. True salvation is a supernatural event. It is God who saves us it is Jesus Christ who only can forgive our sins. It is God the Holy Spirit convicts us and who indwells us. Yet God in his grace gives us this wonderful privilege of partnering with him in bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to others is not tremendous privilege today and this week the world is been watching about all of the people coming to and fro Trump Tower and others wondering if they're going to get a position in the new administration could be said perhaps will call you as chaplain.

I said no, no, he will not do that even though his mother is Scottish but is not going to do that but people think that would be a tremendous privilege. Wouldn't it at her work with the president, but here is a far greater privilege than working for any president or any king or any prime minister. It is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.

Our mission statement. Let me remind you, is being and making authentic followers of Jesus Christ. This is why Calvary church exists for the glory of God that we would be authentically following Jesus and furthermore that we would be involved in this wonderful process of making disciples of Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all the nations.

This message, this message of new life in Jesus Christ is so important. It is so powerful it is so eternal in its implications that every single one in this world makes the hearing don't you believe that we believe that God so loved the world that he gave his only son. We believe that whoever believes in the Savior will not perish but have ever lasting life. What a powerful message is were going to read Paul says as he quotes from the Old Testament that whoever whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. I was then can we keep this good news to ourselves and must be shared with her family with her friends with her neighbors with those at work. Indeed, with all the world. So as we begin to look at this this morning ask you when did you last talk to someone about Jesus Christ.

I realize all of us feel inadequate for this task. I do and talking to others and it's certainly true that we could equip ourselves by reading books like this and most of all, by saturating ourselves with the word of God we feel inadequate and yeah it's our Lord promises that as we obey his commands. Remember the wonderful promise of the end of Matthew chapter 28 he says I'll be with you to the end of the age.

We are assured of the presence of God, of the scalp of the filling of the spirit as we embark on this wonderful wonderful privilege of telling others about Jesus. Note this morning. I want us to learn first of all, the biblical importance of evangelism biblical evangelism and then look at an example from Scripture.

Let me ask you to turn in your Bibles with me to Romans chapter 10 is in the New Testament Matthew, Mark Luke John acts Romans and Romans, of course, is Paul's great exposition of the gospel underwrites magnificently here in Romans chapter 10 and were going to read from verse 13 through various 17.

Here is God's word to us this morning.

I'm reading from the English standard version says Paul put everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed and how are they to believe in him of whom never never hurt and how are they to hear without someone preaching and how were they to preach unless they are sent notice the following rhetorical questions as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news, but if not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us, so faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Paul is telling us over and over again that the gospel begins and ends with our Lord Jesus Christ. He is central to the gospel is the gospel concerning Jesus Christ and Paul is making the basic point, but the very important point that we need to hear that the gospel must be preached and must be communicated and must be shared and must be taught in order for people to believe you say what is the gospel look back at verse nine Romans 10 verse nine Paul says here it is, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved grasp at verse four with the heart one believes and is justified and with the mouth one confesses and is saved, there is evangelism, then, is the communication of the good news regarding Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, with a view to winning others. That's evangelism telling others about Jesus, the good news of Jesus Christ and to do that now then our own strength but in a conscious dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, with the goal that man and woman in boys and girls would place their faith in Jesus Christ and then verses 14 and 15. We have a description of how people are brought to call upon the name of the Lord is. Paul asked these four rhetorical questions here is biblical evangelism. Here is how people are saved. What is the apostolic method. What is the biblical pattern.

What is true evangelism unit is notice the goal.

Verse 13 for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved today. If you call on the name of the Lord you will be saved and so people must call upon the name of the Lord. But before they call and him of the Lord. Verse 14. They must believe I were they to call on him in whom they have not believed so before the individual calls upon the name of the Lord. They must believe in Christ and before they believe in Christ. Verse 14 again and how were they to believe in him of whom are they have never heard before. Must call on the name of the Lord before they call on the name of the Lord. They must believe in Christ before they believe in Christ. They must hear and understand many people today have a very false view about Jesus. We need to communicate, not Jesus made by our culture. But the true, the biblical Jesus, God incarnate the one who comes to bear the sin of the world, the Lamb of God who dies for our sins and who is risen from the dead, and we proclaim his life. Is that his resurrection but before people can hear and understand end of verse 17. How can they hear without someone preaching that is the gospel to good use. Not out opinions I want Calvary church believes not what you believe but what is the true gospel that must be proclaimed and before that can be done. Verse 15. How were they to preach unless they are sent before the gospel is preached, then people must be sent to preach the gospel is a well of these pastors are these people like Billy Graham and Clint Barrows or are you John that that a pastor know this involves all of us.

Every authentic follower of Jesus Christ is to communicate the gospel to others. Beginning as we saw this morning, beginning with her own family, beginning with her own children, moms and dads of hope you're teaching the gospel to your children. Yes, we seek to do that in the children's ministry. We seek to do that in the youth ministries that is true, but it is your responsibility. Who is going to communicate the gospel to people at your work. I don't know them is your responsibility before people believe they must be sent.

We must be sent, and we are sent by Jesus to preach the gospel. So here the success thing with put them up on the slide. Christ sends us. We proclaim we communicate people here, people believe people call upon the name of the Lord and people are saved. So if you came from the reverse order. You could say well how would people saved while people are to call upon the name of the Lord before they call upon the name of the Lord. They must believe they must have heard the message where the going to hear the message from from people like you and me. We are called by Christ to go into all of the world and tell people about Jesus. This is biblical, Christ centered evangelism. It is about Jesus Christ. From beginning to end is another program. This is not a technique of course we can learn different methods, but whatever we do, it must be centered on Jesus Christ argue to God that is a high privilege of proclaiming the good news of Jesus, we believe, I believe, I think we believe this, a Calvary church that without people calling upon the name of the Lord. There is no salvation. Evangelism is God's way. God's way of saving people and notice what verse 15 says, as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news were celebrating the passing of Clint Barrows.

He is one we could say how beautiful it is. Feet because he has brought the glad tidings of good news in an extraordinary way throughout the world. You say well I'm not a Billy Graham | as I realize that neither of them I would think in your own life of the beautiful feet of those who communicated the gospel to you. Perhaps your father or your mother a pastor and evangelist a friend at school and neighbor someone at work. Someone who prayed for you and who said I need to tell you about something that is so important I want to tell you about Jesus. Don't you agree with me that that is a beautiful thing and that is the greatest privilege that we can have the sit down and tell someone about Jesus Christ. Here is the word of God, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good news of all of the things that we could do in this world of all of our achievements of all of our high points.

Surely this is the highest communicating the message of the gospel to others may many many call upon the name of the Lord and be safe is why we have the Christmas I reaches is not to show how wonderful our musicians are or how beautiful our sanctuary is the goal is that many, many people would call upon the name of the Lord will you share this week. The good news of Jesus with someone we are called to when others for Jesus Christ. I want to give an example of that from Scripture. But before so doing I I want to tell you about a man. Samuel Rutherford was a Scotsman… Is one in the 1600s and the heater difficult ministry and he ministered to many many people and and his writings are very very profound. But for many years he served as a pastor is a minister in the church there in a small town called and was a and WOTH in Scotland on the Solway Firth and Samuel Rutherford was a great writer and hero Dennis letters and someone took some of his letters and put it into appointment when the court two verses of the point because Samuel Rutherford one of the greatest theologians Scotland never produce this man might see an theology mighty in the Scripture. He writes that the wonder of making one person in heaven that come to Christ through his witness ever think about going to heaven of who you meet can imagine meeting someone in heaven was there because you were the one that brought the gospel to them. He writes the sands of time, or sinking the dawn of heaven breaks the summer morning. I decide for the fair sweet Morneau awakes dark dark is been the midnight but dayspring is at hand and glory glory dwells in Immanuel's land, his name for heaven is Immanuel's land, Immanuel, God with us. And then he writes this fair and was by the Solway.

He loved the little village of and with by dissolving none of you have been there. That's okay for and with by the Solway. To me, you still are dear even from the verge of heaven. I dropped for you or to you all. If one soul from and with meet me at God's right hand. My heaven will be to heavens in Immanuel's land is not wonderful just to think of that. Think of the person who led you to Christ whatnot be some reunion in heaven can imagine that her union in heaven is because bios is received into heaven, and of the countless souls that have been touched through his ministry, you say well I don't know about me. Just think of one person is your child, your son, your daughter and little boy in the Sunday school class that little girl you taught in VBS, that man who made life so difficult for you in the office and you prayed that God would give you the courage to share Christ with that person and in God's grace that man came to Christ you have and will be to heavens in Immanuel's line I what am I saying. I'm saying that Jesus calls us to win souls look over with me to John chapter 4. To see an example of a woman who was a great soul winner John chapter 4 Jesus priority has priority in his ministry was to win souls. He himself said they'd come to seek and to save that which is lost is very name Jesus means he will save his people from their sins's ministry primarily was not just a healer to teacher to give us an example of love. He did all of the things his primary ministry was to save sinners. Paul says that in first Timothy 115. This is a faithful saying and worthy of everyone's acceptance Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. That's it. And Jesus was concerned about the eternal destiny of those he meant in his earthly ministry. Many of you know John 34 Jesus interacts with this a religious man, Nicodemus, and Jesus presents to Nicodemus the message of the new birth. Nicodemus you must be born again. Look at John three verse 36. The last verse. John writes whoever believes in the son has eternal life.

Whoever does not obey the son shall not see life of the wrath of God remains on him clear. Could it be, it is clear from the teaching of Jesus that souls can be 1 foot all of eternity are loss for all of eternity that if you believe that it doesn't matter what you do what you believe you all get to heaven, then I suppose you're not going to be involved in winning souls.

But if you believe in the Bible teaches that Jesus taught. As I believe that an individual for all for all of eternity will either be in heaven or on earth, how important it is, then, that we share the gospel with others. No read with me and John chapter 4. Let's break into the passage in verse seven, John four verse seven there came a woman of Samaria to draw water.

Jesus said to her, give me a drink for his disciples a going away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, how is it that you would choose ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria for Jews have no dealings with Samaritans and was recently in Israel I what I was talking to this Orthodox Jew, trying to get them involved in the Scripture. He fairly artfully turned away from that. But when refinishing inducement to his wife and as as I was leaving I went to shake. I shook his hand and went to shake his wife's hand, it is an honor you can shake hands with my wife. I thought yes under the Jewish law. She's going to be unclean. If I shake her hand. Now here we have a setting where you have the Jews and the Samaritans and they are totally separate. John says that Jews have no dealings with Samaritans and here is the Lord of glory, and magnificent Savior.

Nobody does. He reaches out another later Samaritan, but to a woman of some of Samaria. The Jews look down on Samaritans as lacking racial and religious purity. But Jesus sees through that he sees a woman with deep deep needs and he bridges all of the normal barriers barriers of religion and racial bilayers and social barriers and gender barriers.

He demolishes them all because he wants to tell this woman the good news of the gospel and wants to present to her the gift of God. This is a womanhood. Many troubles many troubling relationships as we read the story we find. I think she had five husbands. The rabbis felt that the marriages were the maximum allowable but this woman had five marriages been married five times.

Imagine to the loan that the well here is a woman undoubtedly would experience the pain the disappointment with the resulting insecurity of many broken relationships divorced by five different men discarded by them likely she's searching for security and meaning in her personal relationships. Now she's living with another man, which is not even monitor him things like life in America. The many are like that, trying to look for hope for security for love and a multiplicity of relationships and feeling used. Feeling cheapened feeling discarded isolated by her community. This woman comes to the well. John says in verse six about the sixth hour that is in the heat of the sun. Notice what Jesus says to this woman, verse 10 Jesus answered her, if you knew the gift of God, and who is it who it is that is saying to you. Give me a drink, you would've asked him and he would've given you living water. The woman said to him, surge of nothing to draw water within the well is deep when you get out living water.

You greater than our father Jacob.

He gave us the well and drank from it himself is that his sons and his livestock. Jesus said to her. I listen to this. Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

The woman said to him, sir, give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water. This woman had been trying to quench our thirst in many ways including promiscuity.

But now Jesus offers her living water which will be in her a fountain of water springing up into life eternal wonderful this living water is a picture of the grace of God. A picture of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit so that when we come to Jesus Christ. When we receive Christ as our Savior and Lord.

He indwells us and gives us those wonderful spiritual Farmington. The Holy Spirit himself because deep within us deep within you and deep within every person you meet this week, however successful they appear however troubled they are. There is a deep deep void which only God can fill this woman had drunk of the seeming joys and pleasures of the waters of the world, leaving her dissatisfied empty, disappointed, cheapened and lonely few months ago I spoke to students whenever universities one mention that the good University and that he was telling me about life in the compass about the path to life and of all of the immorality that goes on in our company and our campuses in America and I said to my tell me these friends of yours who loosely find who who can take a woman into the bad and not even know her name meant.

This doesn't mean anything I said is that impact them said well it leaves them very lonely leaves them very dissatisfied. That's true isn't it. Some of you know that don't you.

You look for satisfaction. You look for joy in the things of the world and the devil promises you so much. But when you've tasted of that water doesn't it leave you better doesn't it leave you feeling cheap doesn't feel you have used someone are being used and that is certainly no lasting satisfaction.

There. This is why Jesus says to her and says to your if you drink of the water that I give you, you will never thirst again that is winning souls as his priority and the amazing thing is that this womanhood be discarded by the Samaritans would live this very unorthodox life, and no doubt ostracized. You can imagine what the woman on in the village start over. You can imagine what the men thought of her social lives. This lonely life now through an encounter with Jesus Christ, she in turn has this priority that she is going to tell people about Jesus. When she encounters Jesus in life is transformed. She's so excited she leaves her waterpark behind a symbol of her own lot of her old life she rushes back to the time I do know what she does. She invites everyone to come and meet Jesus. I find it incredible once she is isolated by people, but now she wants to introduce people to Jesus. Her past her dysfunctional relationships but rejection by the community do not stop this woman from trying to win souls. She is a Samaritan woman telling people about Jesus. A Jewish man, you would see. Don't use her legs get another Samaritan converted on both formal little committee on both think about how were going to evangelize Samaria but she is not the one she is totally discredited. Absolutely no, this woman had tasted of the living water and she longs for everyone to come to Christ inspiring example to us and sometimes another sophistication. I'm all for training him over reading books.

I love to read all of the study and certainly not against all of that, but sometimes we can become so sophisticated that we forget the passion of a life whose come in touch with Jesus Christ. Some of the best witnesses and the best evangelists I have known are those who are new in the faith. We certainly don't have all of the answers and there's not a plea for ignorance, but it one of all of the answers, but they have had a transforming encounter with Jesus, and they must share it with others and this is what this woman does and you notice verse 40 will verse 39. Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony he told me all that I ever did. So when the Samaritans came to him. They asked him to stay with them and he stayed there two days and many more believed because of his word.

They said to the woman. It is no longer because of what you said that we believe we've had for ourselves and we know that this indeed is the Savior of the world. Of all of the titles of Jesus in this up a powerful one. He is the Savior of the world.

The Samaritans God that not just coming to the Jews. But the Savior of the world, including the Samaritans, including your nationality and mine including everyone in the world that Jesus comes as the Savior of the world and that they believed not just by not just based on what the woman said, but because they had heard Jesus themselves. Community transforms through one woman coming to Jesus be wonderful if that happened in your office in your bank and your school in the city in this village and your family. We sing that over and over again, having weight, one person coming to Christ and within a short time. Their whole family finding Christ the power of one individual on fire, Jesus Christ, and when all of this is going on.

The experts, the disciples what about them there priority is not about winning souls when Jesus is talking to this woman about her deep spiritual thirst where the disciples, what are they up to their back in time. Then there are the local McDonald's of Mugabe, at times buying some kosher McNuggets some fries. Cheeseburgers are not kosher. By the way you find out in Israel you can't mix meets in daily products will know that they passed on the cheeseburger but there priority day. They had gone into time, not because they were concerned about sharing the message with the Samaritans were concerned about their comfort, their food, their selves, and I can picture them leaving Jesus at the well band of the disciples going towards trying to get something to eat and can just picture this lonely dejected woman with her head down and heading to the well is there heading to the time I'm sure they hardly saw they were blinded, blinded by their prejudices.

A woman Samaritan dealings with her blinded because of their own priority days which was which was not on people, but on their own comfort. Instead of explaining to her the teaching of Jesus in the kingdom of God. I think they hardly saw and when the disciples talk to Jesus about food. He explains to them. He said I've got food to eat that you don't know about his highest priority was not his own comfort was not food or drink, but doing his father's will. Winning souls to do if I got convicted. I do I'm often like the disciples that travel to go to my task, and fixed on the task and even worse sometime than fixed on my my own comfort of the ease of my own life and is not so easy for us not to see those around us and our own prejudices their own ideas of how God is going to work in mines closed and her eyes are blinkered and will run ourselves out, comfort my job, my family, my recreation, my lifestyle rather than on winning souls for Jesus people around us. Our needs yes in Charlotte so often were blind to these needs, Morgan writes, if these disciples had been appointed a commission of inquiry as to the possibilities of Christian enterprise in Samaria.

I know exactly the resolution that would have passed the resolution would have been Samaria unquestionably needs our masters message, but is not ready for it.

There must first be plowing and sewing and then waiting. It is needy but it is not ready, please write I would've said that Samaria mats a tough one.

That tough one as good a long time before they're ready to hear about the gospel lightly think of another strategy.

Let's let's move somewhere else and we forget the power of God.

And we forget that the ways of God and hours are often entirely different. We were singing that he can move mountains and of God can move mountains God can and does as the Scriptures tell us in his church history of told us that God, in a split second and save a multitude in his purposes, and others.

When Jesus says the disciples in verses 35 through 39. He says winning souls involves sowing and reaping verse 35 did not say that are yet four months. Then comes a harvest. Samaria is already Lord. Look, I tell you. Lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reads his receiving wages and gathering fruitful eternal life, so that sort and report may rejoice together for hear the saying holds true. One sows another reads I send you to reap that for which you did not labor others have labored and you have entered into their labor. Jesus is the one who insulted true, but we are part of that process. Winning souls involves reaping and sowing. Jesus tells the disciples to lift up their eyes and look at the fields are white to harvest what was he referring to in the context is referring to the Samaritans. Can you imagine then the woman is gone back just told them about Jesus comes to mind.

The told me all things are that what I did. Isn't this the Christ, and so they come there white garments are coming to Samaria to Jesus to the disciples, and he saying to them, stop talking about foods, lift up your eyes feels quite for harvest you're going to have the joy of reaping where you didn't even so, a harvest of souls to be one an opportunity to win souls is a wonderful experience in God's grace are sometimes had the joy of leading someone to Christ, where overall a long period of time people have been reaping and people have been sowing and sewing.

Yes there are those who faithfully so the seat all of us should be doing that. There are those who pray for souls to be saved. Some of you week after week are teaching our children. Some of you week after week are working with our students. Some of you week after week are sharing Christ with people in prisons with a homeless all around us, faithfully sowing the seed that can be very hard work and they can be very discouraging. I understand that but there are others under their time supernaturally when God's timetable is totally different from ours when we have the joy of reaping the harvest both sewing and reapers are involved in the process of winning souls usage on what you telling me to do today.

Look at verse 39. Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the women's testimony don't agree with me that following Jesus is a personal experience. We emphasize the need for each person to know Jesus Christ personally as Savior and Lord, not just about Jesus, but knowing Christ personally is the one who is forgiven our sins and who transformed her life. If that is true. If you are saved by God's grace.

You have a testimony, you've a testimony to give know if you're a cultural Christian cultural Christianity doesn't have testimonies. If you only know about Jesus and don't know him you know testament to give. But if you've had a personal experience with Jesus Christ are saved by his grace. You need to do and I need to do what this woman did and give our testimony share test tell someone how you can to Christ or don't make an overly dramatic story, but be bold, but also notice what it says at the end of verse 41, many more believed because of his word. So what do we do in evangelism. Yes, we have testimony but we make sure that that personal testimony is undergirded by the word of God, we give someone something to read. If they don't have a Bible, we encourage them to read the gospel like we we quote Scripture to them because the gospel is not just about me.

It is true it impacts me it's true I have a personal testimony I can share that but I must also communicate the word of God and when we do that God acts in surprising ways. Many of you had that that joy and realize that God's timetable is very different from ours. Paul writes I planted. Paul has watered God causes the growth with partnering with God in the spiritual process of winning souls. We don't know who God is going to work as you go to the bank tomorrow. You work in the hospital. All of these people you don't know how God is going to work. You don't need to know God knows your responsibility is to live for Christ to live displaying Jesus.

Your responsibility is to pray for the people with whom you work, and when God gives you an opportunity to share your personal testimony and to tell them to explain from Scripture, the old, old story of Jesus and his love and sometimes the seed is sown in water for many, many, many years before someone places their faith in Jesus and said that the Chinese but bamboo tree appears to do absolutely nothing for four years. During its fifth year and suddenly should stop 90 feet in 60 days. An illustration is in there from nature, something can be seen dad in Darlington absolutely hopeless and in the short time you life is supposed of the spirit is. So let's not be weary. Let's continue to to serve God. Let's continue to pray and whether the man is a religious person whether the person is a religious man like Nicodemus, or whether it's an immoral person like this woman from Samaria lost people matter to Jesus and lost people should matter to us. This woman had a passion should make the Savior and wanted others to do so as well. If it's true, but souls can be won or lost for all of eternity. Winning souls must be our priority must be of passion.

This is fruitful eternal life as we read in verse 36. So every single one of us. If we're an authentic follower of Jesus we have the privilege the responsibility of telling others about Jesus. Would we do that when you pray by that. Here we Artemis challenged us to buy the Christmas season. All of the opportunities in prisons around us, with 14 banquets men's breakfast Christmas concerts Christmas Eve women's T all kinds of things going on, all of which make it easy for you to take an invitation this and want to invite to this want to tell you about Jesus. Christ was you to read. Think of the impact inner-city if we did that not be wonderful if each one of us accepted responsibility of Wingard and his sovereign purposes has placed us starting with her family and neighbors at work, at school, telling people about Jesus. On Sunday, April 14, 1912. The Titanic on its first volume struck an iceberg and sank 1500 people died, including a Scottish pastor called John Harper, John Harper, the pastor of a church in the west of Scotland and he was on the Titanic. He was on his way to go to Chicago. He was going to preach in a great many church.

In fact, there was word that they might be calling him as a pastor he was on the Titanic. When the wind done four years after the loss of the Titanic. A man rose in a meeting in Hamilton, Canada, and said I'm a survivor of the Titanic when I was drifting along on the spot. That awful night the tide brought John Harper of Glasco. Also on the piece of right near me after said to the man you picture it in the sea the ICC. He says man you saved.

The man said no I'm not. Harper replied, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. The waves bore him away.

But strange to say, brought them back a little later and he said again. Are you saved now know I can honestly say I am said the man. He again said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved and shortly after he went down into his watery grave. Harper died in the sea. This man says that alone in the night and with 2 miles of water under me. I believed it was and rescued by the liner. He says I'm John Harper's last contract. All of us would like to think that when way with our last words were pointing people to Jesus were saying believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. This is the next step in following Jesus winning souls you never come to Christ. I invite you to do so this morning to turn from your sin read the words. Romans 10 and nine if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Call upon the name of the Lord this morning and will be saved and if you're a follower of Christ. Tell others about Jesus. Father, we thank you for the Scriptures we thank you for the gospel that it reaches down and saves people like us. The chief of sinners, pray for those who have not yet trusted Christ with a believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved and help his father to give us opportunities.

Thank you for the various opportunities presented here at Calvary and beyond the tell others about Jesus. Give us strength give us courage father open the doors. We pray and may we have the joy of reaping this season, there would be a mighty revival among us, as many call light on the name of the Lord and sore saved. We ask it in his name

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