Bringing People to Jesus
Last words of a person's life on earth seem to be a big thing. It is what many are remembered by. Of a former generation as Groucho Marx was dying, he let out one last quip: ''This is no way to live!'' Pistol'' Pete Maravich collapsed during a pickup game. His last words: ''I feel great.'' Sir Winston Churchill's last words were, ''I'm bored with it all.'' And according to Steve Jobs' sister Mona, the Apple founder's last words were, ''Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.'' - I used to watch movies where the last words of ''DAD'' or ''MOM'' were the words which the family lived by. The words of a dying man are considered a 'cleansing confession' which seem to have legal standing. Final words are important.
Jesus' final words are essential to us, His people. They are recorded, in some form, in the four gospels and the book of Acts. In essence we are told that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we will be given the power to be witnesses for Christ. We are to begin where we live and then we are to expand our ministry into the mission field (I.E. Judea, Samaria, and the world). This means we reach people where we are, but we must all 'see the fields' of the world and WORK those fields because people everywhere need the LORD! Sometimes, this takes work and may be inconvenient because some cannot respond to Jesus on their own (as we'll see).
Our story today perfectly illustrates this truth. Let's read. (READ TEXT).
That last statement is compelling, ''We never saw anything like this.'' Dear friends, this is the response when a person meets Jesus! Life is change, heart is remade, and soul is secured!
But even with all of this, let's be honest, today in America many if not most who claim to know Christ NEVER bring anyone to Jesus. Why is that? Fear? We could suggest many reasons, but may I offer that we may have missed some truth on this road we called the Christian life. Let's break this story down into 5 parts and lea ...
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