Not Far But Not In by Fred Lowery

Not Far But Not In
#1Mark 12:12-34 (28-34)"NOT FAR BUT NOT IN"
MARK 12:12-34 (28-34)

HOW FAR ARE YOU FROM GOD?
Salvation
Surrender
Service

e.g.Freddie Lewis - Friday Night - preacher I'm close

e.g.Riley Jones - promised grandmother - next Sunday one more weekend with the boys

OUR TEXT

"34"Thou art not far from the kingdom of God

But a big difference between "not far" and "in"
Not far is not in
Almost doesn't do any good
No better off than the atheist
Close doesn't count

Nothing anymore tragic than almost

"For all sad words of tongue or pen
The saddest are these: It might have been."

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES

1.The rich young ruler - Mark 10:17-22

Everything going for him:
religiously respectable
socially prominent
politically powerful

Excited (running) humble 9kneeling) Discerning (good master)

Not a cynic, he was close, interested, searching

e.g."I don't want to hear it" already the devil has carved his initialson your heart

e.g."Just enough gas to get to hell"

e.g.Delta pilot and little blonde girl. Blackville man and pair of patton shoes.

Stirred but not changed.

2.FELIX - ACTS 24

Paul brought before Felix the Roman governor - Gave a defense of his life and doctrine
Preached unto him and wife Drusilla --Jesus
Felix trembled - "Go away and I'll call you at a more convenient season" (24:25)

Not enough to be under conviction
Not enough to have your heart stirred
Not enough to know what you ought to do
3.KINS AGRIPPA - ACTS 26

Paul preac ...


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