Building a Caring Church by Sharing Christ
Sermon shared by Gerald Flury
Summary: Everyone who has decided to know and serve Christ has been selected and called to be a watchman to this world.
Series: Building a Caring Church
Audience: General adults
G. Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul that sins, it shall die."
II. Regardless of how we are received, our responsibility is to sound the alarm.
A. Ezekiel 33:4 "Then whosoever hears the sound of the trumpet, and takes not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head."
B. In Billy Grahamís book, Approaching Hoofbeats, he tells the story of Harry Truman. Mt. Saint Helens belched gray steam plumes hundreds of feet into the blue region sky. Geologists watched their seismographs in growing wonder as the earth danced beneath their feet. Rangers and state police, sirens blaring, herded tourists and residents from an ever-widening zone of danger. Every piece of scientific evidence being collected in the laboratories and on the field predicted the volcano would soon explode with a fury that would leave the forests flattened. "Warning!" blared the loudspeakers on the patrol cars and helicopters hovering overhead. "Warning!" blinked battery-powered signs at every major crossroad. "Warning!" pleaded radio and television announcers, short wave and citizen-band operators. "Warning!" echoed up and down the mountain, and lakeside villages, tourist camps and hiking trails emptied as people heard the warnings and fled for their lives. But Harry Truman refused to budge. Harry was the caretaker of a recreation lodge on Spirit Lake, five miles north of Mt. Saint Helensí smoke-enshrouded peak. The rangers warned Harry of the coming blast. Even Harryís sister called to talk sense into the old manís head. But Harry ignored the warnings. From the picture-postcard beauty of his lakeside home reflecting the snow-capped peak overhead, Harry grinned on national television and said, "Nobody knows more about this mountain than Harry and it donít dare blow up on him... On 18 May 1980, as the boiling gases beneath the mountainís surface bulged and buckled the landscape to its final limits. Harry Truman cooked his eggs and bacon, fed his sixteen cats the scraps, and began to plant petunias around the border of his freshly mowed lawn. At 8:31 a.m. the mountain exploded. Did Harry regret his decision in that millisecond he had before the concussive waves, traveling faster than the speed of sound, flattened him and everything else for 150 square miles? Did he have time to mourn his stubbornness as millions of tons of rock disintegrated and disappeared into a cloud reaching ten miles into the sky? Did he struggle against the wall of mud and ash fifty feet high that buried his cabin, his cats and his freshly mowed lawn? Or had he been vaporized (like 100,000 people at Hiroshima) when the mountain erupted with a force 500 times greater than the nuclear bomb which leveled that Japanese city? (Billy Graham, Approaching Hoofbeats, pp. 13-14.)
C. Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
D. The Bible tells us, every individual is on a direct collision course with Godís judgment. God has provided a haven in Christ designed to keep people from suffering eternal death and separation from God. But each of us must decide whether to accept or neglect this offer.
E. Every individual is accountable to God for what they do with the Gospel. It does not matter how well our message is received; it is still
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