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The Peril of Losing our Burden for Souls
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Theme: Soul winning still is the number one priority in the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is the desire of Jesus that every member be committed to the soul-winning action of His church.

Text: Mark 16:15

Hymn: Bringing in the Sheaves

I. Our Commission
  A. God commisions every Christian.
    1. Right after His crucifixion Jesus showed His main concern. — Mark 16:15
    2. Jesus called the apostles to be fishers of men. — Matt. 4:19
    3. Fishers of men must leave all else to prioritize God’s plan. — Luke 5:10-11
II. The Value of a Soul
  A. We are to place a high value on each individual.
    1. Solomon says that wise is the one who wins souls. — Prov. 11:30
    2. Daniel compares the soul-winner to stars that shine brightly — Daniel 12:3
  B. Supreme value of the soul was demonstrated by Jesus.
    “The Savior would have passed through the agony of Calvary that one might be saved in His kingdom. He will never abandon one for whom He has died. Unless His followers choose to leave Him, He will hold them fast” (Desire of Ages, 483).
III. The True Missioary Spirit
  Look for the following points:
  A. First impulse of renewed heart
  B. Evidence of true conversion
  C. Evidence of the loss of first love
  D. Close examination of the heart
  E. Soul winning our first work
IV. Bible Examples of a Soul-Winning Attitude
  A. Paul was willing to be sacrificed to save his people. — Rom. 9:3; 1 Cor. 9: 19-2B.
  B. Moses risked everything for the salvation of the people of Israel. — Ex. 32:3B.
  C. Abraham loved the perishing soul.
    “Abraham asked not once merely, but many times. Waxing bolder as his requests were granted, he continued until he gained the assurance that if even ten righteous persons could be found in the city, it would be spared” (Patriarchs and Prophets, 140).
    1. Love for perishing souls inspired Abraham’s prayer:.... The spirit of Abraham was the spirit of Christ”
    2. (Ibid.).
  D. As probation closes, what are we doing? — Jude 23
    “Every day the probation of some is closing. Every hour some are passing beyond the reach of mercy. And where are the voices of warning and entreaty to bid the sinner flee from this fearful doom? Where are the hands stretched out to draw him back from death? Where are those who with humility and persevering faith are pleading with God for him?” (Ibid.).
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