Sunday Morning 6/5/11

Posted by Sherry

WHAT’S WORSE THAN GOING TO HELL?

Jeremiah 8:20-22

CBC 6/5/11 SM

Initial Response: NOTHING!

Oh, but there is!

There’s even something better than going to Heaven...

20 “The harvest is finished,
and the summer is gone,” the people cry,
“yet we are not saved!”

21 I hurt with the hurt of my people.
I mourn and am overcome with grief.
22 Is there no medicine in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why is there no healing
for the wounds of my people?

  • CONTEXT
    • judgment of God resulting in no harvest for the Jews
    • work an entire year in field & crops fail...
    • similarly...live an entire life and come to death’s door w/ no relationship w/ Jesus
    • repeated many times in Hell... “my life is over, the summer is gone, & I am not saved”
    • rich man of Luke 16 was crying that over 2000 years ago...and he will be crying it 2000 years from now, 2 million, 2 billion, 2 trillion
  • WHAT’S WORSE THAN GOING TO HELL?
    • going and Taking Someone With You
    • if U want to reject Jesus’ offer of forgiveness, salvation & an eternal home in paradise...that’s your business & ur right
    • but don’t take ur spouse with you
    • don’t take ur children with you
    • don’t take ur best friend with you
    • don’t take the people u work with
    • don’t take ur facebook friends

(what’s better than going to heaven??? simple, going and taking someone with you!!!!!)

  • LISTEN UP CHURCH
    • put ur ear to the ground & listen
    • hear the thundering sound?
    • Niagara Falls is ahead & some people u know and love are headed downstream in a straw basket
    • hear their cry 10,000 yrs from now...
    • work while it is day for the night cometh when no man can work
  • v22 God’s indictment of the believing church
    • I hurt with the hurt of my people
    • I mourn and am overcome with grief
    • Is there no medicine in Gilead?
    • Is there no physician there
    • Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?
  • There is medicine available but nobody is applying it
    • prayer is effective & our altars remain empty
    • we know people are headed to Hell & nobody is pleading or interceding (too busy w/ picnic lunches & a glorious sunset)
    • we see the condition of our community everyday and what are we doing? (maybe u don’t see, maybe ur not looking, maybe ur head is in the sand...) WAKE UP!
    • can we not spend 5 minutes a week in the front of this building begging God to give us an opportunity to help a convicted sinner??
    • is God “amazed” at our unconcern?
  • CONCLUSION
    • how many were responsible for giving someone else their first drink of alcohol?
    • how many were responsible for giving someone else their first puff on a cigarette?
    • how many were responsible for giving someone else their first “high” on illegal drugs?
    • how many were responsible for showing someone else their first pornographic picture?
    • how many were responsible for getting someone else involved in their first sexual immorality experience?
    • YOU’RE THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED THEM....
    • now you’re on your way to heaven and where are they????
    • if we’re going to weep for them, it’s today
    • if we’re going to rescue them, it’s today
    • if we’re going to ask forgiveness, it’s today
    • do u want them looking at you on the day of their judgment, and just before they are pushed off into hell & eternal torment, they scream your name & ask WHY???

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