Bring Them In by James Merritt

Bring Them In
James Merritt
John 1:35-51

INTRODUCTION:

1. Lyman Beecher was a man of powerful intellect; a brilliant scholar and preacher of his day. So great a preacher was he, that his sermons were read in newspapers throughout the country. When he was on his deathbed someone said to him, "Dr. Beecher, you are a great intellect, a brilliant scholar. Tell us, what do you believe is the greatest thing that a human being can be or do in this life?"

2. Lyman Beecher lying there on his deathbed said, "The greatest thing is not that a man should be a scientist, important as that is; not that a man should be a statesman, as important as that is; not even that one should be a great theologian, immeasurably important as that is. But the greatest thing of all things is for one human being to bring another human being to the Lord Jesus Christ."

3. If that be true (and I believe that it is) then it may be that the greatest disciple of the twelve was the disciple called Andrew. Andrew is only mentioned three times in John's gospel. Each time he is bringing somebody to Jesus. First he brought his brother to Jesus. Later on he brings a little boy with a few loaves and a few fish to Jesus (John 6:8). Later he brings some Greeks who wanted to see Jesus.

4. After Andrew first met the Lord Jesus Christ, the next thing he wanted to do was to introduce Him to someone else. The more I pastor and observe the average Christian, the more I am convinced that the reason more Christians are not bringing people to Jesus is not primarily because they do not know how as well as they should, but primarily because they do not know Him as well as they should. Because to know Him is to love Him, and to love Him is to want others to love Him, and therefore to share Him. Too many Christians spend their entire life making excuses when they ought to be out making disciples.

5. You are not going to win people to Jesus Christ talking about it, or even going to soul-winning classes and learning about it. You can teach a class on soul-winning and somebody will raise their hand and ask a question like this: "How do you witness to a red-headed, left-handed Tasmanian monk?" These people have no intention of going soul-winning. They just think that if they can ask enough silly questions and make it look hard, that they will soothe their conscience and feel like it is alright if they don't bring people to Christ.

6. Many Christians remind me of a little baby bear whose mother was trying to teach him to walk. He said, "Well which paw do I put forth first, my right front paw, my left front paw, my right hind paw, or my left hind paw?" She said, "Ah, shut up and walk!"

7. Nike has a commercial that I think says it all: "Just do it." That is a great slogan, not just for shoes, but also for saints. How we need God's army of soldiers to get out of the
barracks onto the battlefield to bring men and women to the lord Jesus Christ. We see ev ...


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