An Urgent Message For Lost Church Members
Sermon shared by Kevin L. Jones
Summary: THe term "Lost Church Memeber" should be an oxymoron but the fact of the matter is that this is a far too common occurence in our churches today.
Audience: General adults
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An Urgent Message For Lost Church Members!
Every week I speak to several different pastors. I hear their struggles. I share some of the heartaches and discouragement that they are facing in their ministries.
Week after week I hear the stories of complacency running rampant in our local churches. There are many of the local church that explain why the lost world does not get excited about joining with us on Sundays.
I have been asking God many questions about this situation, seeking some answer pertaining to the heart of the problem. What is the solution to the lack of focus and passion in the house of God? God has given me some answers to those questions and I would like to share them with you today.
Here are a few of the questions I am referring to:
Why is there always turmoil and controversy surrounding the Christian church?
Why do we not have people who are willing to do Kingdom work?
Why are “active church members” not very “active?”
Why is church membership declining?
Why is there a decline in participation in missions and outreach?
Why can’t we have a true spirit of worship in Gods house?
Why do so called Christian people not have a burden for the lost?
Why is there no difference in church members and the people of the world?
Why do some people make a profession of faith and begin with such zeal and then fade away?
On and on it goes. As I pondered these questions I began to read this text. In these few verses I believe that God has given me the answer. It is a simple one and also a very sad one.
The answer: Many if not most church members are lost!!
I know this is not a very encouraging or uplifting thought. But I believe that it is something that needs to be addressed.
Let’s examine the different situations described and see “An Urgent Message For Lost Church Members”
After Jesus spoke this parable His disciples questioned Him as to its meaning. Jesus went on to explain in detail the aspects of each type of soil.
Now every send that is planted has the potential to produce much more seed. For example, if you plant one piece of corn it can produce a stalk that has many ears full of corn.
It is the desire of any farmer to produce as much crop as possible at all times. He will never put out a bunch of seeds without the desire that they all become fruitful.
The same is true with Jesus. It is His desire that all of the seeds that are planted grow and become fruitful. Jesus is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
I am not a farmer. I have never even planted a garden. But I do know that there are some elements that are required for a seed to take root and grow. Water, sunlight and the soil are all very important to this process.
We find in these verses a description of several types of soil. Jesus is the sower, His Word is the seed and the soil represents several different types of people.
I. A Description Of Those Who Are Devoured v5&12
v5a some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
v12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Along with the type of the soil we must notice where the seed landed. In verses 5 & 12 the seed is described as falling by
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