Today Is the Day of Salvation
September 25, 2011 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God patiently waits for you to come to Him; He calls you today!
Focus Passage: Hebrews 4:1-7
Supplemental Passage: for He says, "AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU." Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION"-- (2 Corinthians 6:2 NASB)
Introduction: A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn in the road. The former who lived nearby came to investigate. "Hey, Willis," he called out, "forget your troubles for a spell and come on in and have dinner with us. Then I'll help you get the wagon up."
"That's mighty nice of you," Willis answered, "But I don't think Pa would like me to."
"Aw, come on, son!" the farmer insisted.
"Well, okay," the boy finally agreed. "But Pa won't like it."
After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. "I feel a lot better now, but I just know Pa is going to be real upset."
"Don't be foolish!" exclaimed the neighbor. "By the way, where is he?"
"Under the wagon.".
I. Procrastination of Faith
a. Hearing the Gospel doesn’t save you
b. So many have gone to church, yet have never put their faith in Jesus
i. They trust in themselves, or good works, or religion
II. Procrastination of Obedience
a. Some know what to do, but they just don’t want to do it
b. Stubbornness of heart is a cause of procrastination
III. Procrastination of Convenience
a. Too many want to wait till they’re older, wait till they are done with their fun, etc
b. salvation is “unconditional surrender” not when it is simply convenient
Invitation: Do not procrastinate any longer! Today is the day of salvation! “for He says, "AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU." Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION"-- (2 Corinthians 6:2 NASB)