The Two Most Important Things In Life
Acts 16:25-34; Galatians 2:20
Sunday, July 9, 2006
1. From our Scripture reading this morning, I would like to have you consider with me what I believe to be the two
most important things in life: How to get saved, and How to live for God.
ILLUSTRATION: A few years ago, the Baptist Press wrote the following story about Billy Kim, president of the Baptist World Alliance and pastor of Central Baptist Church, Suwon, South Korea...
For 17 years I had never heard the gospel story. No one ever told me that Jesus died for my sins. I had never heard of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
During the Korean War, thousands of people were killed, and 90 percent of my city was destroyed. One day an American Army camp moved near my home. Some of us boys went over to see them because we had heard that the American soldiers were wonderful and very generous. They would give us chocolate candy bars and chewing gum. It was a treat for us just to see the American soldiers.
I saw one tall American soldier. He whistled and told me to come over. Because it was a cold winter day, the soldiers needed some wood for their stove. So I got wood for them. The payment for my work was candy bars, gum, a pack of cigarettes and some big unlabeled number ten cans of food. I ate the candy, chocolate bars and chewing gum. I gave the cigarettes to my mom and she sold them on the black market. I didn't know what was in that big number ten can. We opened it, and it was a can of prunes. We gave it to our ox.
The next day I went back and subsequently I began working for American soldiers as a houseboy. One day I met Sgt. Carl Powers. He said, "Do you want to go to America?" It's the dream of every Korean teenager... they want to go to America. I said, "Yes, I want to go."
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