Making a Disproportionate Investment (4 of 6) by Rick White

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Making a Disproportionate Investment (4 of 6)
Should We Build A Fence Or A Sidewalk?
Charting Our Course: Declaring Our Purpose For The 21st Century
Rick White
John 1:35-42, Luke 5:27-32, 2 Cor. 5:17-21, 1 COR 14:23-25

Introduction: One Sunday, a minister began his sermon: "I'd like to make three points today. First, there are millions of people around the world who are going to hell. Second, most of us sitting here today do not give a damn about it." After a lengthy pause he continued: "My third point is that you are more concerned that I, your pastor, said the word 'damn' than you are about the millions of people going to hell." Having undivided attention, he proceeded to preach an excellent sermon on putting faith into action.

Well I almost used his introduction this morning but I decided against it. I thought maybe a better approach would be simply to cover out front what is it that I want the people to know?

What Do I Want The People To Know? (Information)
I want the people to know that;
1. Lost people matter to God;
2. That lost men and women go to hell without Christ;
3. That we are responsible for sharing Christ with them;
4. That we are doing a crummy job;
5. And we must make a disproportionate investment in evangelism as a church.

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