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Summary: The rich man showed no concern for his family until he found himself in eternity with God. Let us be careful to win them while there is still time.

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Pastor Rex E. Faile, Sr. Lakewood Christian Church

Winning Our Loved Ones To Christ

Intro: Our sign out front says it all: “The Only Thing We Can Take To Heaven Is Each Other.” The rich man died and in hell the first thing he thought about was his 5 brothers (Luke 16:28). Death has a way of helping us see our priorities in a different way.

I. The Difficulties of Ministering to our Loved Ones

A. The spirit of familiarity

1. Jesus with his family Mt. 13:55

B. The Perfect Jesus in “imperfect” earthly vessels (2 Cor. 4:7)

II. Ministering in Love and Truth

A. Love Gives (Jn. 3:16)

B. Truth Lives (Gal. 2:14)

III. Tell the Story

A. We are “witnesses” (Acts 1:8)

B. Lady at well (Jn.4:29)

IV. Preach the Gospel of Christ

A. God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17)

1. Ministry of reconciliation given to us

1a. Man is LOST

B. Christ in Us (Col. 1:26)

2a. Man is FOUND

C. The Church in the World (Jn 17:14)

3a. Man FINDS others!

Conclusion: Though it is most difficult to minister to those in “our own country” the rewards are well worth the prayer and sacrifices necessary to win them to Christ.


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