Evangelizing the Sinner
Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd
Exalting the Savior, equipping the saints, and evangelizing the sinner. Those are the three priorities of the Frist Baptist Church here in Springdale. In the last few years Northwest Arkansas has grown at a rate of 29%. Many persons believe that we will continue at this pace, if not even faster. Many persons are moving into this beautiful area that each of us have the privilege of living In as persons.
This past week I received a letter from the Director of Evangelism for the Arkansas Baptist Convention informing me that Northwest Arkansas has more lost people, more evangelistic prospects then any other area in Arkansas per capita. We live in an area where we are literally filled with persons who do not know Jesus Christ. We have not even begun to even touch the hem of the garment of reaching people for our Lord. Our area may be religious and we may have denominations and church on every corner, but, ladies and gentlemen, that is never and never has been the question, if one is religious. The question must be, Are they saved? Since our area is changing at such a rapid pace, we must understand that there is one thing that has not changed, nor will ever change. That is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This gospel means and says that Jesus loved us so much that He voluntarily and willfully came to this earth because all of us are sinner by nature and by choice. He gave Himself to die on the cross to become our Savior and our Lord. The gospel is not concluded at that point. For the gospel goes on to say that those of us who will receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will live one day eternally in a place called heaven. Those of us who refuse, who reject, to allow the Lord Jesus to have the rightful place or priority in our lives, we will one day spend eternity in a place called hell.
There is a great, great truth that is found in Luke 16:19-31 which is our text today. Abraham's bosom symbol ...
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