Introduction: Ancient cities were different from our cities in this day and age. Most cities were small in comparison and did not have all the protection that we have today. To protect those living in the city, walls were built around the city to fortify it. Watchmen or sentries were then posted along the walls of the city to warn the city dwellers of any approaching enemy. As long as they were not taken by surprise the gates in the walls of the city could be closed and the city could be defended. The watchmen were responsible so that a city would not be taken by surprise. Their job was to stand on the walls or towers of the city constantly watching their surroundings and scanning the horizon. They had an entire city that counted upon them to warn them of imminent danger. They were required to maintain a constant vigil, always looking for any possible threat to the cityís safety. It did not matter what the weather was good or bad, sunny or rainy, lightening or thunder, the watchmen could never desert their post. They had to be alert at all times. If watchmen spotted or observed signs of trouble, it was their duty to blow a trumpet alerting the people, have the doors closed, and give the soldiers time to man the walls to defend the city. He was held accountable for giving the necessary warning of all impending danger. The very lives of the people in the city were in their hands. It is with this in mind that God declares that Ezekiel was a watchman to Israel and was therefore accountable to God for sounding the warning of Godís displeasure and judgment of sin. With the issuing of the great commission and the endowment of the Holy Spirit, you and I have been assigned the task and responsibility of being watchmen for our generation. Everyone who has decided to know and serve Christ has been selected and called to be a watchman to this world. We cannot simply sit back, resting upon the knowledge of our established relationship with God guaranteeing our home in heaven, and be totally oblivious to and unconcerned about those who are without Christ or who have cooled off in their companionship with Christ. A man once prayed like this: "Lord, bless me and my wife, my son John and his wife, us four and no more." A childless couple prayed: "Lord, bless us two, and that will do." An old bachelor prayed: "Lord, bless only me, thatís as far as I can see." You and I cannot take such a care-less attitude. As a caring church, we must share Christ with a lost world. As watchmen, we are called upon to see the need and to sound the warning.
I. We are responsible and obligated to faithfully sound the alarm.
A. The necessity for sounding the alarm is established clearly in the pages of Holy Scripture.
B. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
C. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
D. Romans 5:12 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
E. Do you realize that there are between 95 and 100 million totally unchurched people in America? An estimated 180 to 190 million Americans are not born again. If this group were a nation to itself, it would be third largest people group behind China and India.
F. Without Christ, they will all die and