Summary: This sermon is excellent for encouraging your congregation, especially Sunday school teachers, to witness for Jesus.
How Many Apples Are In The Seed?
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" 37The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?"
39He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ).
42And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).
How many seeds are in this apple?
Well, let’s find out!
(Cut the apple open and count them)
So...there are ___ seeds in this apple!
Now...how many apples are in this seed?
We will never know...will we?
Allow me to tell you about Edward Kimball.
Ed Kimball was a Sunday school teacher.
One day, a doctor told Kimball he was going to die.
He had very little time to live.
So he went out to lead all of his Sunday school students to Jesus.
One young man, in particular,
didn’t seem to understand what the Gospel was about.
So Kimball went to the shoe store where he was stocking shelves.
He met him in the stock room
and told him the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus.
That young man was Dwight L. Moody!
In the stockroom on that Saturday,
Dwight Lyman Moody accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.
In his lifetime, Moody touched two continents for God.
Untold thousands came to faith in Jesus Christ!
The Moody Bible Institute educates hundreds of missionaries...
preachers and Bible teachers...every year.
The Moody Broadcasting Network provides 24 hours a day
Christian programming over hundreds of Christian radio stations.
There is also the Moody Press publishing company in Chicago...
which prints thousands of Christian books.
There’s no way to know how many souls have been saved...
because of the work of Dwight L. Moody.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Point #1. TO LEAD OTHERS TO JESUS, YOU MUST HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.
Look at Verses 37, 40
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
I like that word "followed"!
Saved people experience a change of life.
Jesus says in John 3:3
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Jesus continues on in John 3:7
7Do not marvel that I said to you, ’You must be born again.’
Have you been born again?
Before you can tell others about Jesus,
you must know what you are talking about!
You have to be saved before you can share Jesus!
Saved people have a confidence of Salvation.