Sermon shared by Melvin Shelton
Summary: Now there is something that is played out here on earth but it is planned in heaven. We call that a divine encounter.
Audience: General adults
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Acts 8: 26 -- 40. 09/05/04
For the past few Sunday mornings, we have been talking about the main business of the church. The main business of the church is to tell people how they can be forgiven of their sin and go to heaven. That is evangelism and we want to have an evangelistic church; winning people to Jesus. Now if you are saved it is because someone thought enough of you to tell you about Jesus and how you can be saved.
Now this morning I want to talk to you about your involvement in the main business of the church. I want to encourage you to get involved in telling people they can be saved by trusting Jesus and go to heaven when they die.
Now there is something that is played out here on earth but it is planned in heaven. We call that a divine encounter. I have had several of them along the way and thank God for everyone. A divine encounter is when you lead someone to Jesus here on earth and it was planned in heaven. Jesus left heaven and walked the earth and said I came to seek and too save the lost. When you lead a lost person to Jesus, you have just experienced a divine encounter.
Now there are several of them listed in the Bible and one we have in our text this morning. I want us to take a look at this divine encounter. Lets read the Scripture.
What we have just read, we find that Philip had a divine encounter. Now you know where we read that the spirit of God caught Philip away and the eunuch saw him no more? That is in the past tense because the eunuch sees Philip often now. And every time he sees Philip he sees a man obedient to God and because he was, the eunuch can say I am in heaven.
The first point I want to call to your attention is A PROMPT SOUL WINNER. A soul winner is someone who wins souls to Jesus. Soul winning is the main business of the church. This account begins with a deacon and an angel. That is an unusual combination. Just kidding. But what I want you to see here is that the business of soul winning is left up to people and not angels. The angel said to the man Philip arise and go, and he got up and went. I am afraid today we would say we need to get a committee appointed to this business. I want to say you don’t vote on the commands of Jesus. One of the reasons many churches never get about the main business is that they are always wanting to vote on something. You don’t vote on evangelism. You don’t vote on whether to lead people to Jesus.
I heard about a woman in church who wasn’t married and never been married. She went to the pastor and expressed her impatience of ever finding a man. The pastor said the Bible says one man for one woman and one woman for one man. That is God’s plan and you cannot improve on it. She said Lord have mercy preacher, I am not trying to improve on it, I am just trying to get in on it. We want to get in the soul winning business. Don’t you think God wants you to be a soul winner? Let me answer that. If you are a Christian, then God wants you to be a soul winner.
There is first of all a prompt soul winner, and then we have A PREPARED SINNER. From His throne on high God was hearing a man reading His word. Here is a man who did not understand what he was reading but we have a man seeking to know God. I want to tell you, there are more people out there wanting to hear, than there are those waiting to go.
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