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Lost sheep & Prayer

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Sermon shared by Ian Johnson

June 2006
Summary: Right now the Holy Spirit is touching someone I can guarantee that! Why not take five minutes now to pray for someone you know who needs Jesus.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General teen
Sermon:
I have been moved by the Lord to share some amazing ways that He has reached down and touched some people I know to win them into the Kingdom and to remind us all that it is he who calls us!
JOHN 6:44 kNo one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me ldraws him;
1) Barry:
Barry was a farmer and he came from a conservative rural town in the Thames Valley area of New Zealand, He was 28 years old and his family were staunch atheists and had taught their Children that there was no God. One autumn morning Barry was on his Tractor at the back of the farm, the sky was clear and there was not a breath of wind. His mind was on his work and nothing else, He hadn’t ever given God a thought, suddenly! a whirlwind enveloped the tractor with Barry in the middle of it. Barry was filled with awe of God, He had experienced something divine, and he knew it! From that moment he couldn’t get God out of his mind. Next day was Sunday and he was determined to find out more about God, he went to town and found the little Church we were meeting in at the time, that morning Barry was confronted with his sin and found Jesus. He was very hungry and grew at an amazing rate from that day. I have lost touch with him now, but imagine that he will still have a strong faith because of the touch from heaven
It turned out that he had a praying Aunty
PSALM 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

2)Gavin:
Gavin was about 20 and in the same town, he was with a group of friends drinking in a car in the main street he was sitting in the front on a bench seat his two companions on either side. I stuck my head in their window and said I just want to tell you Jesus Loves you. I got alot of flack from the two friends but Gavin just sat quietly listening so I continued with a gospel message. When I had finished I bid them well and went on. The next morning Gavin sought me out, he said I just couldn’t sleep last night thinking about Jesus. He was saved baptized and filled with the Spirit within days.
It turned out that his Grandparents had been praying for him
ROMANS 10:9-14 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.*” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. 13 For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”*14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

3) IAN (That’s me)
I was 19 years old and
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