Come Ye Sinners
1. AN OFFER PROVIDED GRATUITOUSLY
a) An Unearned Gift
b) An Undeserved Gift
2. AN OFFER PRESENTED GLOBALLY
a) All Classes of People
b) All Colors of People
c) All Conditions of People
3. AN OFFER PROCLAIMED GENEROUSLY
a) The Spirit Invites All Men to Come
b) The Saints Invite All Men to Come
1. The writer of Hebrews spoke of salvation as a ''great salvation.'' We tend to use the word ''great'' loosely. We call many things great and I am not sure that what we call great is always great.
2. I recently read a list entitled, ''Great Things about Getting Old.'' A few things on the list were; it is great getting old because finally your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off; your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them; things you buy now won't wear out; there is nothing else to learn the hard way; and your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service.
3. I am not sure there is anything great about getting old. Amen! When you get to the place where your get up and go has got up and went and you are not sure where it went, there is nothing great about that. When it comes to salvation God does not use the word ''great'' loosely. Salvation is indeed great. Everything about salvation is great. I want us for a few weeks to think about what is great about salvation.
4. Today I want us to think about the greatness of salvation in its offer and invitation. I think of Joseph Hart's great hymn Come Ye Sinners:
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you.
Fully of pity, love and power.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God's free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
5. In the closing words of the Bible we have this great invitation: ''And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And le ...
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