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I Must Preach The Gospel! (5 of 6)
INTRO: If I asked you this morning what your primary occupation is and you didn't know what I was looking for you would probably respond with one of the following responses:
c. Blasting Expert
d. Computer field
And … you would be wrong! While these occupations may require 40 or more hours a week of our time and commitments there is a primary job that requires 24 hours a day 7 days a week … the call of being a Christian!
Earthly jobs are temporal, being a Christian is eternal. This doesn't mean your secondary occupation (the secular one) is unimportant, just that the primary occupation (the spiritual one) is more important.
Why are we here? What are we suppose to be doing? What is it all about? These are the ultimate questions that people ask, and there is an ultimate answer to them … we are called to be believers with a message for unbelievers, we have a responsibility or calling to share the good news. EVERY believer, not just a clergy class has this primary calling. Life is much more than simply being present in this world, being a Christian is MUCH more than just attending church, we must be involved in the spreading of the gospel:
ILLUS: Jeremy Bentham was the founder of London's University College. When he died in 1832, according to his instructions, his skeleton was reconstructed, given a wax head, dressed in his best suit, and put in a glass case in the meeting room of the college's board of governors. For many years the deceased Bentham attended every meeting of the board and was always described in the minutes as "present, but not voting." Sometimes we are present, but not serving! -- Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).
PROPOSITIONAL SENTENCE: The Bible teaches us that we are ALL ...
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