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Norma Stillings and Darlene Sorensen sang a duet Sunday morning before Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message from Romans 10:1-4 he called, “My hearts desire.”
Although Paul had been sent to carry the gospel to the Gentile nations, his heart was broken for his own people. In Romans 10:1, he expressed his sincere desire and prayer that he would see his people, Israel, saved.
Paul’s attitude reflected that of Jesus Christ who declared in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Satan came like a thief to steal, to kill, and to destroy. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance and destroy the work of the devil. People will not answer that call until they see that they are sinners bound for hell.
Christians should be witnesses to tell the lost world about Jesus. We are here to be his witnesses. A Christian should be faithful and more than that they should be fruitful. We are here to get the unsaved saved.
There is a plan. If you go out to be a soul winner, you need a partner in prayer and service. Jesus sent the disciples two by two. The measure of a church is not how nice your building is, it is not how big the crowd or offering is, or how good the music is. A good church is one where the people are working together for the winning of souls.
A good church is like a partnership with the brethren with the common purpose to win souls. It is a lovely thing to see unity among the brethren in a local church where there is an energy and an excitement for soul winning. Everything it does should be geared toward soul winning.
It is necessary to get the prayers moving in that direction. Paul prayed specifically for his people, Israel. We should pray specifically for the lost souls in Ava, on our streets, in our families, and in our work places.
We see people who are sincere in their religions, with a zeal not according to knowledge. Salvation will only come by Jesus Christ, not by our own works, not by our own righteousness, and not by religious rituals. Salvation only comes by faith and an acceptance of the person and the work of Jesus Christ, that he is the only begotten Son of God, that he came to save sinners, and that he shed his blood and died to pay for our sins, and that he was buried and arose again the third day to give us hope of eternal life.