Text: Acts 3:17 – end.
And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Introduction: Today we will move on to see the critical points in the gospel of salvation.
In attempting to lead souls to Christ, you must know what to tell the sinner, the truths to share that will touch their hearts for Jesus.
The Following Points Are Good But Will Not Save The Sinner:
- Stop smoking cigarettes or womanizing or cheating.
- Come to our church next week Sunday.
- My pastor can pray for you and your problem will go etc.
When you have the privilege of ministering to sinner, what must he be told amongst other things?
:: Verse 17 – Don’t condemn him; he is sinning in ignorance. He is in darkness. You are his help into the light. Don’t judge him … help him.
:: Verse 18 – Let him know that Christ is God’s plan for his salvation. If he was the only sinner, Jesus would still have come to die to save him … God loves him that much! Show him God’s love not his shortcomings.
:: Verse 19 – Demand for repentance; change of heart, change of Lordship, change of ways etc. He must switch from following self to following God. Tell him about the forgiveness that God only gives. 1 John 1:8 – 10.
:: Verse 20 – 26: Help him to trace his roots back to God – whoever he may be – Muslim, Celestial, C & S, Occultist… help him to know how he is God’s creature and God has gone to the extent of Jesus’ death on the cross and the resurrection to bring him back to God.
May God help you as you lead men to Christ in Jesus name.