Summary: "I guess I was a kind of an unruly girl or something, so maybe they didn’t want me. I attended a church college, too. But nobody ever said a word to me about becoming a Christian. So I never did." (Powerpoint Available - #221)
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
RIDGE CHAPEL, KANSAS, OK
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ILL. Last week I began Part 1 of this 3-part sermon series by telling about a young lady I had never met before who asked if she could talk with me about a problem concerning her upcoming wedding.
She & her fiancé had different church backgrounds & they had asked each of their preachers to participate in a joint wedding ceremony. His preacher said “Yes,” but her preacher said “No.” Well, she was hurt by that because she had gone to that church all her life.
But a few days later he told her that he had changed his mind & would take part in the wedding after all because she was not a Christian. And that is when she called me.
Here she was, a young lady in her mid-20’s, who had always attended church regularly, even while away at college, & she isn’t a Christian. Her mother is a very devout member of their church, & all the children attend regularly.
But this young lady had never become a Christian. As we talked, I asked her why she had never become a Christian.
She told me, “Well, nobody ever asked me. I guess I was an unruly girl or something, so maybe they didn’t want me. I attended a church college, too. But nobody ever said a word to me about becoming a Christian & being baptized. So I never did.
"In my whole life, nobody has ever suggested that I become a Christian.”
Folks, if she was correct - & I have no right to doubt what she said – think of it! Surrounded by Christians all her life - & yet no one had ever urged or even suggested that she accept Christ as her Savior & Lord!
A. Last week, after telling you about her, I asked: Is it possible that there are others like her? Is it even possible that there is someone here this morning who feels the same way she did?
Oh, I hope not! But if there is, please let me apologize to you, & then let’s correct it. We don’t want anyone ever to think that we’re not concerned about you & your relationship with God.
The Bible tells us that “The Lord is... not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
And Jesus Himself said, “Go into all the world & preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes & is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)
Do you believe in Jesus, & do you want to go to heaven? I do, & I'm convinced that heaven will be even more wonderful than we can imagine.
In fact, the apostle Paul quoted the prophet Isaiah in 1 Corinthians 2:9 as saying, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
B. "But how do we get to Heaven?" That is a question we asked last Sunday. And as we considered it, we discovered that believing in Jesus & accepting Him as our Savior is the first step.