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An Invitation To Salvation (33 of 49)
Series: Romans - God's Glorious Gospel
• (Read the scripture) This morning we witnessed the baptism for some of our new believers. Today we made available to these believers pre-printed invitations to send out inviting friends and family to attend the most significant event in life, their BAPTISM. Have you ever received an invitation to something? It could be a wedding, a shower, a graduation, or a celebration of some kind, but you received this personal invitation to attend and be a part.
• Although a theologian would take our text today and draw some historical lesson from it, I would like to suggest to you the thought that this text offers to every one of us an "Invitation to Salvation." This is your personal invitation to be saved. I see 3 types of invitation, let begin in verse 21.
1. It is a comprehensive invitation. (21) The first time I came to really understand the word 'comprehensive' was in the 4th grade. Our teacher, Mrs. Thomas, used the word 'comprehensive' to refer to the upcoming test on Friday. Being the 'dummy' in our class (and not being afraid to show my ignorance), I asked, "What does that mean?" In short, she said, "It means that it will cover everything from the beginning of the year." Well, I knew I was in trouble. Our comprehensive invitation gives us help. Watch.
a. It is consistent. In verse 21, when Isaiah writes to Israel he is quoting God himself and says, "ALL DAY LONG." Simply put, this refers to God's care for and watching over Israel. When I read about the Children of Israel's ongoing rebellion, I wonder why God didn't write them off. But He never did and the same holds true for each one of us. God's love and invitation consistently extends to you. It is a "all day long" fact of life.
b. It is compassionate. From the next words can you paint a picture of out stretched hands? As a child, did you ever get hurt or in trouble and have a l ...
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