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Dragnet! (5 of 9)
Series: The "Parables"
INTRO: A famous rock group years ago wrote a song about dying that had a phrase in it that said, "I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S A HEAVEN, AND I PRAY THERE AIN'T NO HELL, I JUST WANT TO DIE NATURALLY!"
ILLUS: You might wonder why I believe in heaven in an age like this. One of the Russian cosmonauts came back and said, "Some people say God lives out there. I looked around, and I didn't see any God out there." Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, says he looked in the wrong place. If he'd stepped outside the space ship without his space suit, he would have seen God very quickly. -- Leighton Ford, "Hope for a Great Forever," Preaching Today, Tape No. 96.
It has become somewhat fashionable today to talk about life after death ... especially the many reports of people who have died and returned to life, except most of what you hear is that there is soft lights, love, peace, harmony after life, not much is said about hell, only the prospect of a warm loving place like heaven.
It is much more convenient to believe there is a heaven, but most don't want to think of the possibility that there is a hell!
PROP. SENT: Jesus teaches us that one day there will be a separation of all people; some to heaven, and some to hell ... it is as real as the fact that you are here and alive today!
I. "NET" INCOME! Matt. 13:47
A. Dragnet and the Gospel Matt. 13:47a
1. The preaching of the Gospel is like a net thrown in the sea of humanity.
2. It is our duty to spread the Gospel, you don't catch fish without throwing out the net!
a. Remember Jesus' words to Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:19, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
b. This is still true for His disciples today!
c. Too many churches today still think the "Gospel" is only about the church, it is NOT! It is about the church reaching the masses of humanity with a message that God has "good news" ... Christ has made a way of c ...
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