I love to share with others how they can be an effective part of Christ’s Great Commission. It’s a joy to share Jesus Christ as our only hope and authority for reaching our lost culture. Evangelist Charles Finney preached on 1 John 1:7: “…The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
A stranger asked him to walk home with him, and against all advice he did. Ushering Finney into the rear of a building, he locked the door and pocketed the key. “Don’t be afraid, I just want to ask you some questions,” said the stranger.
“Do you believe what you preached tonight?” “I most certainly do,” replied Finney. The stranger continued, “We’re in the back of a saloon and I’m the owner. Mothers come in here, lay their babies on the counter and beg me not to sell liquor to their husbands. I turn a deaf ear to their cry. When a man leaves here we see to it that he’s well under the influence. More than one man has been killed on the railway tracks after leaving here. Can God forgive a man like me?”
“I have only one authority,” replied Finney. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” The stranger went on, “If a man doesn’t spend all his money on liquor, we take him to our gambling hall and fleece him of his last dollar with marked cards. Can God forgive a man with a heart like that?”
Finney repeated, “I have only one authority. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” The stranger had more to say, “Across the street is my wife and daughter. Neither has heard a kind word from me in five years. Their bodies bear the marks of my brutal attacks. Can God forgive a man with a heart like that?”
Finney lowered his head and said, “You’ve painted one of the darkest pictures I’ve ever seen. But still I have only one authority. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” That night, that man became a new creation in Christ.
GCRC teaches your church members how they can become a missionary to their existing affinity groups about our only hope. Let us come and share this great concept with you and the church.