Summary: This is a message that I developed from an old sermon by Hershel Ford. I used his main points.

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TEXT: 2 Peter 3; Rev. 20:10-15 W. Max Alderman

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9).

INTRODUCTION: We are living in very wicked and perilous days. Even though wickedness is all about us, it does not take much observation to recognize that the Lord is doing all that is necessary to keep precious souls out of hell. Even with this being true, it is just like Hershel Ford, the writer of “God’s Simple Plan of Salvation” said many years ago, “Men or not only falling into hell, it seems that they are climbing mountains to get there!”

I wish today to show you some mountains that men climb to get to hell or show you some mountains that God has put before you to keep you out of hell!


Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47)

A. Consider the Church’s Mission. (Matthew 28:19,20)

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19,20)

B. Consider the Church’s Message. (Romans 1:16)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

C. Consider the Church’s Ministry. (Ephesians 3:7-11)

7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (Ephesians 3:7-11).


15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

A. Gospel Sermons that Warn of Hell. (Revelation 20:14)

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Revelation 20:14)

B. Gospel Sermons that Witness of Heaven. (Luke 10:20)

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)

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