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Series: Powerful Churches Pray
October 3, 2004
Friends of Jesus
Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman, famous evangelist, said that the New Testament records tell of forty people, each suffering from the same disease, who were healed by Jesus. Of this number, thirty-four were either brought to Jesus by friends, or He was taken to them. In only six cases out of forty did the sufferers find the way to Jesus without assistance. Of the vast number of people who find their way to Jesus today, most of them reach Him because the friends of Jesus are concerned about the welfare of their souls.
Today in our final sermon on prayer we will learn how to be concerned about people enough to take them to the Lord for healing. Just like the illustration God works through us even today to bring his people to Himself. If we were to study the history of the church we would find that God's preferred method of evangelism and reconciliation is through us.
I. Find a Way to Jesus Yourself
a. Listen for were God is moving (v1)
b. Look for impossible crowds (v2)
c. Look for where His Word is being preached (v2)
d. Ask for His Direction for your life, it will always be towards Him.(v3)
II. Take Those in Need to Him (v4)
a. It may be a challenge to get your friend to Christ (v4)
b. You might have to overcome or remove some obstacles for your friend ( ...
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