THOU SHALT CATCH MEN
Wilbur Chapman who was a powerful and a productive evangelist was holding a conversation with William Booth who was the founder of the Salvation Army. And Wilbur Chapman looked into the piercing eyes and rugged face of this giant for God. And he said, General Booth what is the secret of your power? And what is the secret of your success?
And brushing the hair from his brow that revealed those furrows that were put there through years of toil and years of battles and trials and victories.
General Booth said to Wilbur Chapman, I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me to have. There have been men of greater opportunity, but from the day I caught a vision of what Jesus Christ could do, I gave all to him.
Many people who name the name of Christ may be saved and on their way to Heaven,
but precious few every respond to this call of discipleship. The reason this is true is because discipleship involves a person. There is a person to please and that person is the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a price to pay. God covered the price or cost of salvation. He paid the price in full by sending His Son to die on the cross.
Our redemption is in Christ Jesus. It comes freely to the lost sinner who receives it by faith, yet God purchased it in the death of His beloved Son.
The Lord paid a high price to enable us to become His disciple.
There is a price to pay. And finally there is program to pursue.
Martin Franzmann once said, "The Son of God sought nothing and found nothing in this world except disciples. Probably greater than anywhere else do we see the meaning of discipleship.
There are several things I would like to focus on this morning.
I. THE CONTACT
II. THE CALL
III. THE COMMITTMENT
I. CHRIST AND THE CONTACT
"And going beside the Sea of Galilee."
This journey to the Sea of Galilee was no accident. It was an appointment. This reminds me of the trip of ...
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