It Takes One to Tell One
II Corinthians 5:18-21
ILLUS: David Brainerd is one of the most celebrated missionaries to ever share the gospel in America. His heart was burdened for the Indians of the North Eastern portion of the United States. While visiting among the Indians on the banks of the Delaware, he once said, "I care not where I live, or what hardships I go through, so that I can but gain souls to Christ. While I am asleep, I dream of these things; as soon as I awake, the first thing I think of is this great work. All my desire is the conversion of sinners, and all my hope is in God."
INTRODUCTION: It has been estimated that probably 95% of all church members have never led anyone to Christ. Unfortunately, when people become Christians, most fail to appreciate the reasonability they have to tell someone else. When the Lord saved and cleansed the man possessed of a demon, He said, "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel" (Mark 5:19-20). The truth of the matter is that each of us has the same responsibility. Now that we have been saved, we, too, are to go to our friends and our neighbors and our co-workers, and tell them what the Lord has done for us. "It takes one to tell one."
I have three things:
I. Recognizing Our Responsibility
II. Realizing Our Capability
III. Understanding Our Accountability
I. RECOGNIZING OUR RESPONSIBILITY
God did not commission the angels to spread the gospel; He commissioned us. No one else will be telling people about Jesus. It is up to us. And let me add, God will not give us another opportunity to tell this story in the afterlife. It is here and now, and the consequences of telling or not telling are forever.
A. It is Serious Business
1. When Jesus died on the cross, sav ...
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