At Dogwood we are starting a new video study series in our adult Sunday school class from "The Way Of The Master". It is designed to equip us with what we need to come out of our comfort zone and reach souls for Christ; to seek and save the lost. It's not threading in any way, not hurtful, but it just nudges us along, which is what I really need to do what we all want to do, and that is to help our loved ones find salvation, and escape the torment of an eternal hell. It is so easy for us to become complacent in the comfortable world we live in.
There is a tiny harbor town on the ocean shore where a lot of ships have crashed on the rocks in heavy storms. This town became well known because of the dedicated rescue team which aided mariners in distress. The rescue team would rally to the sound of the siren and rush to the scene of the accident, risking life and limb to save the sailors from drowning. As time went on, the citizens of that tiny town raised enough money to build a rescue station close to the shore. While this was a great benefit to the operation, it softened the dedicated team as well. As time went by, they added some of the comforts and conveniences that other rescue stations had. Through the years the rescue station became a social club, where the town's people gathered to have fun and relax. Ships would still crash upon the rocks; the alarm would still sound; but eventually no one responded. They were reluctant to leave their comforts, because their commitment to rescue the miserable mariners was no match for their complacency.
"O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away."
I for one, am so grateful to the Lord, that I am surrounded at Dogwood by people who are broken hearted over the lost sinners on their way to hell. Let's all make sure that our commitment will last. A commitment to never becoming so complacent that we fail to even show up at the rescue station, "that's church Sunday morning," to be trained and equipped for the task, which comes from not just the Sunday school, but the powerful preaching of the gospel each week. We, as Christians, never want to become so soft and comfortable, that we fail to see those around us that are morally shipwrecked, and then fail to rush to them with help.
Begin to pray, purpose in your heart, and make plans now to attended this new Sunday school study, and it will also give your kids a chance to be in a good Sunday school class. May the Good Lord bless and keep you and yours today, and always remember that you are loved!!!