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John 1:45-46, 49; Matthew 13:45-46
INTRODUCTION: "Philip found Nathanel" - just one. "One pearl of great price" - just one. Testimony of my first "one" Marty (Betty) Lewis, Peace Baptist Church, Whiteville, N.C.
Read where 20% of believers will invite another believer to church. Only 2% of believers (Christ-followers) will invite an unchurched or unsaved person to church.
N.W. Pridgen, just "one" invited me to come and see.
I was in Wilmington, N.C. with our Senior Adults on tour. We ministered at Scotts Hill Baptist Church. But I remember only "one" responded to Christ, James Ray Oxendine.
Can you name "one" in your spiritual journey that has come to Christ through your invite and witness? Just "one?"
I received a call from a long time dear friend while living in Raleigh, N.C. I went to his home and it was after he had come to church with me on Easter. That day he was saved - just "one" Donald Pope.
The Gospel makes this all possible. It's "the power of God unto salvation." Romans 1:16
Paul, in the same passage, said, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ."
Since I am from the coast of N.C., let me illustrate the Gospel from an oyster.
"In this parable, Jesus shares that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. There are two things you must know about pearls to understand this illustration. First of all, back then, pearls were the most precious commodity; not one of, but the most precious commodity, more highly valued than diamonds are today.
Pearls were greatly valued because diving for the oysters that contained the pearls was an extremely hazardous exercise. There were many people who lost their lives diving for these oysters. Both the beauty and the scarcity of the pearl made it extremely valuable and people often gave all of their money and belongings to possess just one priceless pearl.
It was on the cruel Roman cross that the only perfec ...
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