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BORN TO REPRODUCE

1 John 1: 1-4, 1 John 2:12 (pp.855) June 9, 2013

INTRODUCTION

I’ve been in ministry now for almost 35 years…3 and a half decades...in children’s ministry, youth ministry, and as a preaching minister…I’m 53…for the first years of my Christian life I was a traveling evangelist…driving from place to place, sharing my testimony with youth groups, camps, conventions, revivals…I remember Wayne Smith telling me with laughter (imitate Wayne laugh) “An Evangelist is a preacher with 7 sermons and a fast car!!!!”

I didn’t have 7 sermons…I had my life’s story…one of providence, rescue and redemption…rescued from the fire, at least twice!!!

From the very beginning of my conversion I knew I was saved for a reason…I was saved so I could tell others how Jesus wants to save them…” It wasn’t complicated or difficult for me to understand what God wanted me to do….Tell somebody…Tell everybody…I did…I told my friends I use to get high with (they thought I was insane) I told my teachers (I went back and finished High School.) I told people at church, at work…I told everyone that Jesus had saved me…I was born again…I finally felt free, forgiven and I understood my purpose for being alive…or at least as much as a brand new baby in Christ can. Bring other people to Jesus…Tell them about how Good He is…Look for the Holy Spirit’s opening…don’t be ashamed of your Lord!!!)

So maybe the most important question is this…if you are a Christian do you desire to “Reproduce?”

I DO YOU LONG TO SEE PEOPLE COME TO CHRIST THROUGH YOUR LIFE?

When John the beloved disciple writes his first letter to the churches you can almost feel the passion and urgency of what I’m talking about in the first 4 verses…

1 John 1: 1-4 (p855)

Jesus, the Word of Creation…we’ve heard Him speak, we’ve seen His love in action in the flesh, we’ve touched Him…We proclaim that He is the Word of life!!! We saw it happen right before our eyes…we witnessed God in the flesh…He brought us into a relationship with God the Father…and our motive for writing this…our reason for sharing this…So you can have the same relationship too…only then will our joy be complete.

Will you honestly answer this question…deep down inside, do you long to see people come to know Christ through your life? If the answer to that question is anything but an unqualified unapologetic yes, then I encourage you to examine your heart. Is Christ in you? Do you believe His word? His word that claims that apart from Jesus there is no entrance into the father’s presence…there is no forgiveness of sins…and all who do not receive God’s grieve will spend an eternity in Hell? Are you experiencing His affections? Do you delight in knowing Him, spending time with Him, proclaiming Him to people around you? Ultimately are you abandoned to His will for you to be His witness in the world?


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