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How to Lead a Friend to Heaven (3 of 3)
Series: Making a Difference
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Did you know that God has given every Christian the assignment of leading people to Jesus Christ, of taking them by the hand and leading them to the Savior? Somebody said one time, "What is this thing called witnessing?" It's one beggar telling another beggar where to go to find bread. That is witnessing. And the Lord wants us to lead people to Himself. Jesus said in Luke chapter 19, verse 10, after Zacchaeus had come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, "For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." How can you, you lead lost people to heaven? Four simple steps as we go through this story.
Step number one: Pray for divine appointments. Pray for divine appointments - an opportunity that God orchestrates for you to have a conversation with someone who needs Him and someone who is ready to receive Him. And you pray for those things. Now Jesus prayed a lot. The Bible says about Him in Luke chapter 5, verse 16: "But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray." It's one of the things you see about Jesus. You don't read in the gospels much about Jesus reading the Bible, although He did that; obviously memorized it and studied it. But you read a lot about Him praying. And He prayed, and He was in tune with the Father's will.
And the Scripture says in verse 4, "He had to pass through Samaria." Now that was a big deal to pass through Samaria. See, He is down close to Jerusalem. He's in the land of Judah where Jerusalem was, and He wants to go up to Galilee. Galilee is north. And the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. And so, it would have been easy for Him to go just straight up north into Galilee. But in order to do that, you have to go through Samaria. And the Samaritans were half-breeds, half Jew, half Gentile. And the Jews couldn't stand the Samaritans. They would be like (makes sound), they woul ...
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