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Lesson in Scripture Reading and Song


READ     Jonah 1:1-3 (Read by Phil Collins)
SING       347 (HFW)—Who Will Follow Jesus?

READ     2 Kings 5:1-15 (Read by Clayton Wise)
SING       144 (HFW)—My Faith Looks Up To Thee

READ     Exodus 3:1-22 (Read by Mark Seaton)
Exodus 4:1-17 (Read by Curt Alford)
19 (Supp)—Servant's Song

READ     Genesis 12:1-4 (Read by Mark Joseph)
SING       489 (HFW)—Blessed Are They

An example for all to understand what happened in each of the above cases, when God commanded that these individuals go.

If the Lord wills, we will have 366 days in 2008, and there is a sense in which we have been given instructions to “go” as well.

1.       Matthew 28:19-20 – the great commission, given specifically to the apostles; however, it shows God’s interest in having all souls saved; this requires action from us as well.

2.       Acts 8:4 – “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word”; the early Christians saw the need to spread the good news.

3.       2 Timothy 2:2 – “And the things you have heard from me before many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who are able to teach others also.”  The importance of teaching others is clear in the word of God.

Consider that there are now over 5 billion people on this earth.  How many are truly Christians?  What about some of the more obscure nations?  Who will go and teach them?  Why not you?  Why not me?  What about the souls in Franklin?  Williamson County?  Maury County?  Davidson County?  Who will teach them?

What will be our response to the directive to “GO”?

1.       We can avoid the directive to go, as Jonah did.

2.       We can decide we don’t have to do our part with regard to teaching, that we can substitute spreading the gospel with another function that may appeal more to us; OR we can substitute the pure word of God with the ideas and doctrines of men (e.g., the social gospel).

3.       We can make excuses – someone else is a better teacher; too busy; Is someone else more able?  Of course.  There are always others we can point to who may be better equipped, but does that relieve me from doing my part?  Are we busy?  Yes, but keep perspective – what will matter 100 years from now? 

SING      598 (HFW)—You Never Mentioned Him To Me

4.       OR we can obey; Not everyone has the same abilities, but everyone can do something in the furtherance of the gospel and the saving of souls.

Let me offer a suggestion – decide that this week, you will invite someone to one of our services or to a Bible study.  Is there anyone who cannot do this?  What if the elders were to pass out questionnaires next week, asking if you had done this?  Would that make it more important?

1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

SING       312 (HFW)—Are You Coming To Jesus Tonight?


Glory to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Franklin Church of Christ