Wherever He Leads
Take your Bibles please and turn this morning to the book of Acts the 8th chapter. We're making our way through this book under the title, that old time religion. Now in order to face the future we need to understand the past. If we want to understand what the church ought to do in the 20th century let's find out what it was in the first century. When I was a young man in high school I felt God moving in my heart. I thought perhaps that the Lord wanted me to preach the gospel. I cannot tell you how that germ thought got first of all into my heart and into my mind. As a matter of fact, if there was anything I did not consider myself to me would be a preacher or any kind of a public speaker. As a matter of fact, the thought terrified me of standing up in front of people and speaking. Well, yet the Lord put that germ thought into my heart and into my mind. And at first it was there as a question. I thought, "Lord, do you want me to preach." And then after a few months it was more than a question. It was a thought. "Lord, I think you want me to preach." And then after it became more of a thought. It became a conviction and I began to pray, "Lord, if you don't want me to preach you better let me know." And then it finally became a decision. I was at Ritchcrest, North Carolina, we were having our Baptist assembly there and I was there in the summertime and they were singing a song during the invitation, "Wherever he leads, I'll go." And God touched my heart and said, "Adrian, I want you to preach my gospel, it's settled." And I stepped out to that invitation and said openly and publicly what I knew was true in my heart and in my life that God had laid his hand upon me and he wanted me to preach his gospel. And as a high school boy I said to my Lord, I said it then and I meant it, I meant it then and I mean it now, "Wherever he leads, I will go." Now I want to speak to you on the same subject today and that's the title of our message ...
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