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Summary: THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ACCEPT CHRIST AT AN EARLY AGE. HOWEVER GOD CAN AND WILL SAVE ANYONE, ANYWHERE, AT ANYTIME IF THEY COME TO HIM IN HUMBLE REPENTENCE AND ACCEPT HIS PLAN OF SALVATION.MANY HOWEVER, WAIT TOO LATE TO DO THIS AND DIE HOPELESSLY LOST.

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1/14/07 WHEN YOU ARE TOO OLD TO GO TO HEAVEN

TEXT: LUKE

CH. 13 VS. 22--28

INTRODUCTION: YOU COULD CALL THIS A CONTROVERSIAL SERMON. SOME WOULD ARGUE WITH THE TITLE.

CERTAINLY, GOD LEFT THE DOOR OPEN FOR “WHOSOEVER WILL”

BUT HE KNEW THAT THERE WOULD BE SOME THAT WOULD NOT ENTER IN BECAUSE THEY CHOSE NOT TO. HE KNEW THAT MANY WOULD FOLLOW THEIR OWN PERNICIOUS WAYS AND BECAUSE OF THEIR SELFISHNESS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER INTO HEAVEN.

1. JESUS HAD TAUGHT ABOUT THE GOOD SHEPHERD WHO WOULD LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS SHEEP, THE PHARISEES WERE DIVIDED IN THEIR OPINION OF CHRIST, SOME SAID HE HAD A DEVIL, OTHERS THOUGHT HE WAS INSANE, STILL OTHERS WERE UNCERTAIN. MANY IN THE TEMPLE WANTED TO KNOW IF HE WAS THE CHRIST, WHEN HE SAID “I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE” THEY TOOK UP STONES TO STONE HIM********

JESUS ELUDED THEIR ATTEMPT TO STONE HIM, VANISHING OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.**********

2. AS JESUS BEGAN TO TEACH THEM, THE DISCIPLES REALIZED THAT HIS TEACHING WAS IN DIRECT CONTRAST FROM WHAT THE PHARISEES BELIEVED.

3. THERE ARE STILL MANY TODAY WHO WILL TAKE THE WORD OF MAN’S “HOMEMADE GOSPEL” OVER THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD.

3. ONE OF HIS FOLLOWERS ASK HIM THIS QUESTION: “LORD, ARE THERE JUST A FEW WHO WILL BE SAVED?”

4. LET ME SHARE WITH YOU THE ANSWER HE GAVE. “STRIVE TO ENTER IN THROUGH THE STRAIGHT (NARROW) GATE. FOR MANY WILL SEEK TO ENTER IN BUT WILL BE UNABLE TO.

5. MANY WILL BE UNABLE TO ENTER IN. LET’S LOOK TO GOD’S WORD TO FIND OUT WHO AND WHY.

I. THE DOORWAY TO SALVATION IS VERY NARROW.

(A) MATHEW 7: VS 13--14>>ENTER IN AT THE STRAIGHT GATE (NARROW) FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION AND MANY WILL GO IN THROUGH THAT GATE. NARROW IS THE WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS.

FEW FIND IT WHILE MANY RUSH MADLY THROUGH THE WIDE GATE OF DESTRUCTION, INTO THE PITTS OF HELL. HERE WE FIND AN EASY VERY ACCESSIBLE DOOR THAT BECKONS TO THE WORLDLY CROWD AND FOSTERS POPULARITY.

(B) JOHN 10; vs 1>VERILY VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU HE THAT ENTERS NOT BY THE DOOR (THIS DOOR) INTO THE SHEEPFOLD (FAMILY OF GOD) BUT CLIMBS UP SOME OTHER WAY, THE SAME IS A THIEF AND A ROBBER.

JESUS SAID IN JOHN 10: VS 7--9>> I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP

(SHEPHERD ILLUSTRATION) (8) ALL THAT EVER CAME BEFORE ME ARE THIEVES AND ROBBERS AND THE SHEEP DID NOT HEAR THEM.**

(9) I AM THE DOOR. BY ME IF ANY MAN ENTERS IN HE SHALL BE SAVED.

(C) THE WAY OF SALVATION IS EXTREMELY SPECIFIC. NOT ALL ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN.

1. THEOLOGICAL WORLD SAY ANY ROAD WILL GET YOU THERE, ANY WAY WILL GET YOU THERE. ONE WAY IS GOOD AS ANOTHER.

IS IT? LETS LOOK TO GOD’S WORD FOR THAT ANSWER::

1. PROVERBS 16: 25 SAYS THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO MAN BUT THE END IS THE WAY OF DEATH (WAGES OF SIN)

2. JOHN 14: 6>> JESUS SAID “ I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME.********

3. ACTS 4:12:>> NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.

NO EXCEPTION, NO SUBSTITUTE, IT ANSWERS ALL QUESTIONS.

NOT BY DEEDS***, DOCTRINE ***, FAMILY ASSOCIATION*** BUT BY AND THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS.


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