Class 23: Pulling Others Out of the Fire (Part 3)
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from John Wesley: “You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
Before one can solve his own problems of drugs, alcoholism, illicit sexual behaviour, etc., he must deal with the root problem, and his root problem is the same problem faced by every other man: SIN. The only way that we can solve the sin problem is through Jesus Christ. And the way that we can help rescue our people from the fires of eternal punishment, as well as the fires caused by the sin of our lives, is by sharing with them what is called God’s plan of salvation out of the Bible. Here is how:
First, show them from God’s Word that “We are all sinners.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, show them that there is a great punishment for sin: that is, eternal separation from God in a place called hell. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…”
Matthew 10:28 says, “And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Third, show them that in spite of their sin, God still loves them and wants to save them. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Last, show them that all they have to do to be saved is trust in Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
- Luke 12:48 : “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
Just the fact that you have accepted the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ means you have truly been given much. You may not always feel you are the beneficiary of many blessings, but in reality, the fact that your eternal destiny is secure is the greatest blessing in the world. Thus, as an unworthy recipient of such an unbelievable gift, we are required to share this with others. God did not save you so you could sit back and relax for the rest of your life. Rather, you have been saved so you may be equipped to pull others out of the depths of despair. Whatever you do, do not make a mockery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by refusing to tell those who are dying without Him that the price for their sin has already been paid.
- Luke 15:4-7: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
Every single soul is important to the Lord. He desires that each person knows Him and has gone to great expense to make personal communion with Him possible. Jesus has already paid the price for the sins of all. Now, it is our turn to go out and look for that hundredth sheep. We are not to cast off a single soul as insignificant or too far gone. Through love and perseverance they may just turn to the Lord, and the result is rejoicing in Heaven. Let us live with such ambition for the Kingdom of God that the rejoicing never has an opportunity to cease.
- II Corinthians 5:20: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
As Christians, our number one calling is not to be a student, an athlete, a husband, a son, or a professional. These are all good things, but our top calling is to be an ambassador for Christ. Ambassadors are people who represent a higher office or individual in foreign settings. Thus, as an ambassador for Jesus Christ we are to display His love and compassion continuously, wherever we are. As Christians we are no longer to live for ourselves. Rather, we have been crucified with Christ and He lives in us. So, allow Him to work through you as you reach out and minister to those approaching the fire’s flames ever so quickly.
Now, Just Do It.
List the four steps of the plan of salvation. I suggest you begin to memorize this process, because the Bible says to always be able to tell anyone what you believe and why. This is a simple, but adequate, way to answer other’s questions.
- Show them from God’s Word that “We are all sinners.”
- Show them that there is a great punishment for sin, that is, eternal separation from God in a place called hell.
- Show them that in spite of their sin, God still loves them and wants to save them.
- Show them that all they have to do to be saved is trust in Jesus Christ.
There is nothing more meaningful in this life than investing in the lives of others.
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.