NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
We must know the heart and the desire of the father. What brings joy to Him?
What pleases the Father?
Seek first the kingdom of God
John 15 (The Desire of the Father) Seek 1st the Kingdom of God. What pleases the Father?
If ye abide in me and my words abide in you
Herein is my father glorified that ye bear much fruit so shall ye be my disciples John 15:8
John 15:16-19 King James Version (KJV) 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
Jesus identifies himself as the vine 10:7 ask what you will…
We put Greater emphasis on verse 7. naming our desires confessing the promises of God
Greater understanding of the power of agreement John 5 confidence
we stand strong in believing and seeking the blessings of God
any two agree it shall be done we have been well equipped to understand why we should abide in the word to access the promises made to us
power of agreement greater assurance and greater manifestation
We have learned how to name and decree and speak life
why it is so important to abide in the word so we can ask
Mk 11:22…have faith in God, say to the mountain… when you pray believe that you have them and you shall receive them.
We have keys to the kingdom, access to the throne of grace
I John 5 confidence we have assurance of His word and signs following
5:13,14 confidence ...we desired of Him
Because he hears us we know we have the petitions we have desired of him.
access to the throne of grace, but we have put more value on temporary things, not eternal
material more than spiritual, earthly more than heavenly
verse 8 that the Father be glorified
There is something God wants to do in and through us
that you should go and bring forth fruit and that fruit remain
how they can be effective soul winners themselves
We need an awakening amongst the people of God, purpose and responsibility to reach souls!
-Col 3 if ye be risen, seek things above
-2Cor 4 things seen are temporary, light affliction not but for a moment. Things work in our favor
- be steadfast, unmovable
-don't cast away your confidence
-be not weary in due season
God cannot lie, whatsoever He promises, He will perform
He rewards those who diligently seek Him
Don't get in love with things of the World, focus attention and value, set affection on things above - temporal verses eternal
I John 2 - Love not the world...be not conformed
Mark 4 the sower and the thorns - In the parable, the seed took root and began to grow. But the cares of life, deceitfulness of riches choke out the word.
Souls are eternal!
if we are concerned about souls, we have peace. We are not given the spirit of fear
It is selfish to have this knowledge and be unconcerned about these controlled by the powers of darkness. It is our right and privilege to be soul winners!
We were once bound, now free. This is the word of our testimony!
Jesus died for our sins, loves you! He set an example for us. He came to seek and save…to do the will of the father!
Herein is the father glorified that we bring forth fruit - souls!
This is a command. We must win souls!
Matt 10 sent out 2 by 2
go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel
freely you have received, freely give!
There is none righteous…not by works of righteousness are we saved...
blessed with material things, power to get wealth
that we heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils in His name
Jesus rose again, disciples hid in fear
John 20 sins remitted and regained
power to see people saved, sins forgiven
give understanding that sins are dealt with
NOW tell them!
all they have to do is believe on the Lord Jesus
don't have to be in sickness, torment, fear
Jesus is preparing a place
He has given angels encamped about you in a new covenant based on promises in His Word
until they come to the knowledge of Christ
- He who has the son has life John 3:16
miracle of leading souls to salvation
miracle worker every day!
soul winning not an option for the believer, a command to His disciples - go, in Christ's stead
- He's made a way
I beseech you in Christ's stead
Matt 28 go ye therefore and teach all nations. "all souls are mine"
Mark 16 they that believe...
Not just power to heal, etc., but power to save, commission and command
Ezekiel 3 watchman
warn them of impending danger, sin, see what is going on around us!
Matt 24 wars, rumors, pestilence, famines earthquakes in diverse places...look up, Lift up your heads your redemption draws nigh
It’s a matter of time before judgement comes
when we let them know what concerns their future, not just responsibility to warn
- Ezekiel 3:17 blood required at thy hand if you don’t warn, wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
verse 19, delivered thy soul if you warn the wicked, warn the righteous to stay saved
3-fold mission: get saved, stay saved, help others come in
vs. 20 warn the righteous to stay saved
warn the wicked to get saved and warn the righteous to stay saved
souls are at stake and we have responsibility of letting them know that Jesus is savior
-Luke 15:1 He saw them as sheep without a shepherd. Sheep are helpless, have no defense their wool is like a sponge that can cause them to drown should they fall into a body of water
they are most helpless and hopeless
all we like sheep have gone astray… Isaiah 53
God loves all sheep, all mankind
Desiring that you come to know him in the pardoning of your sin
God is glorified when you bring forth fruit, you have been ordained
Bringing souls into the kingdom of God
No an option, a command
What would make God rejoice? What would cause a celebration in heaven?
Luke 15:1 they drew near the hear him (Publicans and sinners)
3 Examples of rejoicing over finding something precious that has been lost.
parable of the shepherd who left the 99 sheep to find the one that was lost
found my sheep which was lost. "Joy in heaven over 1 sinner that repents more than the 99 already saved!!
Rejoice with me!
People are fainting
There is a celebration in heaven
Jesus had compassion on them, men's hearts failing them for fear
it's prime time to tell them there is one way - Jesus- “I am the way”!
Just as the woman who lost her coin and rejoiced over the piece which she had lost when it was found!
The Father begins to rejoice over one sinner!
Likewise, rejoicing in the presence of the angels! The father rejoices when one sinner repenteth!
Can you reach at least one? remember the starfish story – “I saved that one”.
warn, encourage let them know goodness, plan, purpose God has for them
if you don’t get saved you will die in your sin
prodigal son realized what he had squandered!
if only people could realize what it is like to know what is like to be in the presence of the father, to know that your name is written in heaven,
tell them they can have the same peace you have
rejoicing over one soul
bring forth the fatted calf, the best robe, the ring
this is the one that was lost!
when was the last time you brought joy to Him by winning a soul?
when was the last time you brought joy to the father in that way?
CROWN OF REJOICING/SOULWINNER’S CROWN
Understand the value of a soul. God is salvation. this is the reason He came
for souls to be saved, for lives to be transformed by the power of His love
you have the key that you can open the door, invite them in and welcome them in to the body of Christ
many ae waiting for your to give them the invitation. Offer them the invitation
encourage the saints to stand fast, hold fast to your confidence in the faithfulness of God.
Romans 10:10 whosoever believes shall be saved. if they only receive the invitation, encourage them to stand fast, stay faithful, keep confidence
Death and destruction are all around
Ask the Lord to remove all fear and pride in sharing the gospel.
Have conviction in your heart, urgency iny our spirit, compassion to be willing and obey,
Be a soul winner. Bring joy to the Father's heart!