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Best Evangelistic Messages

Best Evangelistic Messages

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These are messages that were able to penetrate a good number of stubborn people, and motivate them to come forward to receive Christ as their Savior. Hopefully they can continue to do so as others use them to reach loved ones.
These are messages that were able to penetrate a good number of stubborn people, and motivate them to come forward to receive Christ as their Savior. Hopefully they can continue to do so as others use them to reach loved ones.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 29, 2009
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The following messages were preached to audiences where a good number of the peoplewere non-Christians, and they brought many forward to receive Christ as their Savior. I ammaking them available for people to use to communicate the Gospel to those they knowand love who have not gotten the message of this good news. May God bless you as youseek to touch somone with these messages.A. YOU CAN COME IF YOU WILL Based on John 5:25-46By Pastor Glenn PeaseA little boy quietly opened the door to the dentist's office and spoke to the receptionistat her desk. "My mother told me to see the dentist about my bad teeth." "Sorry," thereceptionist responded, "But the dentist is out just now." The boy sighed in relief andasked hopefully, "When will he be out again?" Sometimes we just don't want the help wemost need, because we fear the cure is worst than the disease. Our fear is usually basedon ignorance. It is like the child who will not try something new because they don't like it.But how can they know they don't like it if they never try it? You can argue with them,and present all kinds of evidence that it is good, but they stubbornly refuse.It is not just children who practice this kind of stubbornness. Our text reveals Jesusdealing with the adults of His day on this same level. Jesus came to give them life, andthey wouldn't even take it. The evidence that they could give them life was enormous.John the Baptist had come before Him, and witnessed of His coming, but they rejectedJohn's testimony. Jesus came with a powerful display of love and grace. He healed thelepers, and the blind were made to see. The lame walked, the deaf were made to hear,and the dregs of society were changed and began to follow Him and get their livestogether. Yet, with all of this evidence, they were not jumping on the bandwagon at all.In fact, they were trying to stop the wagon from rolling.Jesus said to them that they have all the evidence needed, and that even Mosesreferred to Him, but still they would not come and receive life. In this text we see theamazing folly of man. There is no question about it, man is his own worst enemy. Theproblem of history is not God, but man. God has made provision for life. No matter howrotten life can get, God has a solution, and that is why He sent His Son into the world. Godis determined that sin and death will not have the last word. Life is God's goal, eventhough many will not take this gift. It would be understandable if God had made His planso complicated that it would take a lawyer to figure it out. But the message of Jesus wasso simple, even a child could grasp it easily. Come to me is the message of Jesus. Thechildren understood it and came. That is all Jesus required, that people come to Him.If you want what Wards has to offer, you have to come to Wards to get it. If you wantwhat the Diary Queen has to offer, you have to come to the Dairy Queen. The point is,Jesus has something to offer also, and the only way you can get what He offers is to cometo Him and get it. You can't just come to church and get it. You can't just come to aservice and get it. You can't just come to a preacher and get it. All of these can bring youto where you hear the offer of Christ, but only by coming to Him can you get life, and lifeeternal.You can even read the Bible and pray, two of the best things you can do, but that willnot give you life. If you come to my church, or come to my house, or come to my office,and you do not see me, you have not come to me. Christ is a person, and only when youcome to Him as a person can you receive life. The good news is, you can come to Jesusand receive life because He died for you, and wants you to have what He purchased by Hisdeath on the cross, which is the right to eternal life. If you don't come and receive His giftof eternal life, there is only one reason for it, you will not come.
 
I can eat liver if I want to, but I don't want to, so I don't. There are all kinds of peoplewho hear the Gospel and can come to Christ if they want to, but they don't want to, so theydon't. Jesus hates it when people will not come to Him. He wept over Jerusalem, for Hesaid, "I would, but you would not." They had to suffer the judgment and wrath of Godbecause they just would not come to Jesus. Jesus wept over the rich young ruler, for Hecould have come to Jesus, but He would not. It is one of the saddest facts of life that mencan choose to reject God's best, but God will not rob man of this highest freedom.Jesus did not say, you cannot come, but, you will not come. The reason you do notreceive life is because you refuse to receive it. You could if you would, but you don'tbecause you won't. The problem is man's will. Anyone who hears the offer of the Gospelcan come, for God gives everyone the power to say yes to Christ. No man can say I am tobad, or I have sinned away my hope, or I have blown it too often, so I cannot come. Theproblem is not that you can't, but that you won't, said Jesus. No man will ever be able toraise his fist in hell, and cry out to God, you didn't give me a fair chance. I couldn't get inon life, and it is your fault I am here. Not so, for if a man is lost it is his own choice, forJesus died for all sin, and if a man refuses to come to Christ for forgiveness, that is notGod's choice, but his choice.Where there is a will there is a way, and anyone who wills to come to Jesus can come.God will not force you to come. He opens the door and invites you to come, but He willnot push you against your will. You must choose to come. If I ran a restaurant and wastrying to get more people to come and try my food by giving out coupons, I don't forcethem on people. Imagine me handing a coupon to a man on the street, and he says nothanks, and refuses it. I may ask why, and he may tell me he never eats out, and he hatesto eat out. Wouldn't I be foolish to try and force him to take my coupon? What if I ran afterhim and slipped one in his back pocket? That would be nonsense. A gift is only of valueto one who wants it. God has the greatest gift for man, but He does not force it on us. Wemust choose to take it. We must choose to come.The offer is free, and you don't even need a coupon. The rich have no advantage overthe poor in getting what Christ has to offer. He offers life, and meets the craving formeaning, and it is free to all who will come. All you need to come to God is your sense ofneed for what He offers. Are you thirsty? Come to the Water of life. Are you hungry?Come to the Bread of life.Delay not, delay not, O sinner draw near,The waters of life are now flowing for thee.No price is demanded, the Savior is here,Redemption is purchased, salvation is free.A minister and a atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. Said thebarber to the preacher: "This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kindas you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease and squalor. He would not allowthese poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, Icannot believe in a God who permits these things." The minister was silent until they meta man who was especially unkempt and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck, andhe had a half-inch of stubble on his face. Said the minister: "You can't be a very goodbarber or you wouldn't permit a man like that to continue living in this neighborhoodwithout a haircut or a shave."Indignantly the barber answered: "Why blame me for that man's condition? I can't helpit that he is like that. He has never given me a chance to help him. If he would only cometo my shop, I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!" Giving the barber apenetrating look, the minister said: "Then don't blame God for allowing these people to
 
continue in their evil ways, when He is constantly inviting them to come and be saved.The reason these people are slaves to sin and evil habits is that they refuse the One whodied to save and deliver them." The barber saw the point. The invitation to comecan be rejected, and so man can choose not to come. But he can also choose to come,and when he does he will receive God's greatest gift in Christ. The greatest choice anyman can make in relationship to Christ is to come.B. ISA. 1:18-20 COME NOW LET US REASON TOGETHERBy Pastor Glenn PeaseGod spoke in our text through Isaiah to a very weak and wicked people. They haverebelled against God, and treated him like dirt. They have disobeyed His commandments;they have spurned His love, and have rejected His leading. They deserve nothing butGod's wrath, but instead, God says, "Come now let's reason together." He is saying, thereis still a way out of this mess. You do not have to remain in the rut of your sin. You can beforgiven and cleansed, and have a new start in life that will lead to success.In verse 19 God says, if you are willing and obedient, you will be blessed, and eat thegood of the land, but in verse 20 He says, if you refuse and rebel you will be destroyed.God is always the same in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and also,today. He is a God of grace who gives man a choice. He always deals fairly with man,even when they are not fair with Him. He always gives them a chance to determine theirdestiny. God says to every man in every situation, "Come now, let's work out thisproblem, and get on the right track."God is not willing that any shall perish. He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.If any man dies lost, it is not because God willed it, but because that man refused to listento God's invitation, "Come now." The call of God to all men is, "Come." It does not makeany difference if you are the worse rebel that ever walked on this planet. It does not makeany difference if you have broken every commandment God ever gave. It does not makeany difference if you are so rotten to the core that you even hate yourself. God says come,let's get together and work this out so you can be forgiven and cleansed.No matter how bad your sin, or how black it is, it can be made white as snow. You canbe so clearly guilty that its like blood all over your hands and face, but if you will come,God can make you clean, and give you a fresh start. Thank God there is a way for theworst to be saved. The blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin. It is not just for the moderatesinner that this invitation is given, but for the worst and most radical. Nobody is left out.God's invitation goes to all men, come now.What a marvelous opportunity. You could not receive a greater invitation than this,even if you were invited to the White House, or to a royal wedding in England. Here is life'sgreatest invitation, and its not given just to some exclusive set, like the rich, the noble, theupper class. The best invitation, and most valuable in history, is offered to the least andthe lowest, as well as the highest. Everyone has the invitation to come to God,and get a fresh clean start in life. You can receive it or reject it; you can respond or ignoreit, but you cannot escape it. You are involved whether you like it or not. Even if you donothing you are making a choice. You are choosing to miss God's best.A man was telling his two buddies why he was so fed up. He said, "These three guysjumped out of an alley and knocked me to the sidewalk. One took my billfold, and anotherpounded me in the stomach while the other one kicked my ribs." "What did you do?"asked one of his friends. "Nothing," he responded, "I didn't want to get involved." It is

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