Summary: This sermon takes the lyrics to the well known hymn and urges us to get enthused about reaching the lost.
Rescue The Perishing
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
One of my favorite hymns is “Rescue The Perishing”.
Fanny Crosby wrote the lyrics.
Turn to 441 in the Blue Hymnal and keep it open there!
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
Let me ask you this question.
Is that what we are doing?
We must reach out and rescue
those who are perishing and dying in sin!
Many are drowning in the sea of sin!
They are in desperate need of the gospel lifeline.
Are you throwing it to them?
Jesus said in Luke 13:3: I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
We must rescue the perishing!
2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
We show how much we care for those dying in sin!
We must rescue the perishing
because we fear they will be eternally lost!
Point #1. To Rescue The Perishing, You Must First Really Care About Them.
Rescue The Perishing says, “Weep o’er the erring one,”
How often do we weep over a lost and dying person?
What about some friend or loved one?
Does it really bother you?
The Apostle Paul wept for the lost.
He says in Philippians. 3:18-19,
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things.
So, have you ever wept over someone who is not saved?
Point #2. Rescuing the perishing also involves lifting up the fallen.
Do you know someone who used to come to church,
but now they never go?
Many people have fallen under life's crushing loads.
We ought to help bear these burdens.
Galatians 6:2 says, Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Many people have fallen into temptation and have been overcome.
These sinning brethren need to be restored.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Many have become discouraged and have fallen.
Many brethren have, through the deceit of sin,
wandered from the truth!
We ought to do our best to bring them back!
James 5:19-20 says, Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
We must rescue the perishing and lift up the fallen!
Talk to them about Jesus!
Jesus is all-powerful.
He can reach down and pull them out of the muck and mire of sin.
He can help them overcome temptation.
He can lighten the crushing loads of life.
He can give them sweet rest and peace.
Point #3. Jesus patiently waits for the fallen to repent.
Look at the second verse of Rescue The Perishing.
Tho' they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the wandering child gone astray.
Plead with them earnestly; Plead with them gently:
He will forgive if they trust and obey.
Jesus still reaches out his nail-scarred hands
to those who have knowingly and willingly rejected Him!
In rescuing the perishing, we must plead earnestly and gently.
We must speak the truth in love.
2 Timothy 4:2 says, Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
Exhort means to “encourage”.
Longsuffering means to be “patient” with them!
Christians who have gone astray need to be restored,
but, it must be in the spirit of meekness and gentleness.
Point #4. Satan is working to destroy people.
Look at the third verse of Rescue The Perishing.
Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;