Summary: Do we really care that there are people who live all around us that are lost, dying, and going to hell?
TEXT: ROMANS 9:1-4a
TITLE: “DO YOU REALLY CARE?”
INTRODUCTION: A. The abbot of a monastery called a novice into his office and
instructed him to give the sermon at the next morning’s chapel.
The novice was struck with fear. The next morning, chapel came.
He stood in the pulpit. The brothers were there. His hands were
trembling. His knees were knocking. His voice was quivering. There
was a long pause before he first spoke, and then he asked a question.
"Do you know what I’m going to say?"
They had no idea, so all of their heads went back and forth almost in
unison, as if it were choreographed. He said, "Neither do I. Let’s stand
for the benediction."
The abbot was angry. He told the young novice that since he didn’t
do what he was supposed to do, he was going to give the sermon the
next morning at chapel. The abbot warned the young man that he’d
better do a proper job or face the consequences.
The next day was almost an exact repeat of the day before. All the
brothers sat there before him. His hands shook. His knees knocked. His
voice trembled. Long pause. "Do you know what I’m going to say?" he
Well, after the previous day’s experience, they had a pretty good
idea. So all of their heads nodded yes.
"Then there’s no need for me to tell you. Let’s stand for the
The abbot was angry beyond description. He brought the young man
into his office and said, "If you do that again, you are going to be in
solitary confinement, eat bread and water for thirty days, and receive
any other punishment I can think of. Tomorrow morning give the
homily; do it right."
The third day, chapel attendance hit an all-time high. Everyone was
there to see what he would say, and it was almost an exact repeat. He
stood, trembling, voice quivering, and after a long silence asked, "Do
you know what I’m going to say?"
After three days of this, about half of them had a pretty good idea
and they nodded their heads yes. The other half noticed the switch from
day to day, and they weren’t sure what to expect, and so they shook
their heads no.
The novice observed the confusion and said, "Let those who know
tell those who don’t. Let us stand for the benediction."
B. Samuel Wilberforce: Christianity can be condensed into four words:
admit, submit, commit, and transmit.
1. Admit – we recognize that we’re sinners and lost eternally.
2. Submit – we surrender ourselves to Jesus Christ as our Lord and
3. Commit – we entrust leadership of our lives to follow Him.
4. Transmit – we communicate the gospel message to others who are
C. Do we really care that there are lost people in our area?
1. What are we doing to let them know that Jesus loves them and wants
a relationship with them?
2. How much time out of our week do we spend trying to let others
hear about this wonderful Jesus that we say we love and serve?
3. When will we decide that outside of loving God with all of our heart,
soul, mind and strength that this task is the first priority of the
--And the second is like unto it: once we get them to surrender to