Summary: Each of the disciples were reached one by one! And from this the Word of God was preached throughout the world as each one of them continued to reach one. Got yours? Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
This records the calling of the disciples of Jesus Christ. There is a sequence here that we can follow:
Jesus called John and John followed the Lord (35-42)
John reached Andrew and Andrew followed the Lord
Andrew reached his brother Peter and Peter followed the Lord
Jesus called Philip and Philip followed the Lord (43-46)
Phillip reached Nathanael and Nathanael followed the Lord
Do you see that? Each of the disciples were reached one by one! And from this noble band of men, the word of God was preached throughout the land and the Gospel message went around the world. Each one of them continued to reach one. Got yours?
[illustration from our church]
Ask yourself the question, “If I don’t reach one, can I ever expect anyone else to?” (It’s a rare privilege to be part of a church reaching many souls…but don’t ride the coattails of others…have YOU reached one?)
Got yours? I want to ask you every Sunday when you look this way if you've got yours. Got yours? I want you to ask me! I want you to leave each service and walk underneath that 'Each One Reach One' banner and know it's your duty now to share the good you have experienced with others, and to bring them back with you next time!
Throughout the history of Christianity, we see a profound effect that one person can have upon another:
Jethro (father in law) over Moses
Jonathan over his friend David
Elijah over Elisha
Daniel over his boss, King Darius of Persia
Jesus over Samaritan woman (whole village revival)
Disciples over N.T. Christians (breaking bread from house to house)
Delilah over Samson (Satan believes in each one, reach one, too! If you aren't affecting your world positively you are affecting it negatively. No neutrality. Your world will find out you're a Christian and then wonder why you're not wanting to share that with them..."it must not be very good!")
Got yours? Each one must reach one. Each of us are absolutely vital to God's program and to the ministry of the local church! We are His hands, His feet…He chooses to work thru us, He left us here for a reason!
People are not reached in masses like perhaps they once were. Most are reached just like the disciples....one person sharing his/her faith with another. And then that one sharing their faith with another...
I. EACH OF US HAVE A PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY:
John 4, Jesus said, I must go through Samaria [to witness]
Paul said, 1 Cor 9:22 I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
A. THE WORTH OF THE SOUL
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
B. THE WEALTH OF THE SAINT
All that God has done for us....He wants to do for others!…and He will do it through us if we will let Him!
We have a personal responsibility to live our lives so that others will see Christ living in us and through us!
• If there is little resemblance to Christ: there is little chance of reaching them
II. WE HAVE A PRESSING RESPONSIBILITY:
A. THE TIME IS SHORT
There's NO greater time to commit yourself than now!
If it is ever to get done, you’ll have to do it now! 2011 is the year for GBC! Got yours? Join the movement!
B. THE TRUMPET IS CERTAIN
We are one trumpet blast away from eternity!
1 Th 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
But God has left you here for a reason! Got yours?
We want to build this year. Build God's kingdom, and build the local church, and build each life in the church. In other words, we want to get them saved, get them into church, and get them right with God. By the way, we have to work on the latter in our own lives constantly!
ill.--the church is a hospital for sinners, not a rest home for saints. What other organization requires for membership that you say you are bad? [other than the Hell's Angels!]
There's the progression. Get saved, get into church, get right. In that order! Where are you at in the progression? If you've been saved and need to find a good church I can make a recommendation! Yes, church is often done wrong, but it CAN be done right. And you'll come to church if you are truly saved and love Jesus.