Monday, April 12, 2010
Our Pastor preached on this last night it reminds me of the following parts taken from C. H. SPURGEON sermon.
Only Gods power can persuade so many times I fail in areas God is trying to use me I Know of one time my Grandfather was very sick I Tried to get over to see him to give him the gospel I Never made it I Received the following morning how my Grandfather shot himself.This will always haunt me because I was almost persuaded to tell him the good news.
TO THOSE WHO ARE “ALMOST PERSUADED”
DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, MAY 16, 1869,
BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.
“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, You almost persuade me to be a Christian.”
NOTWITHSTANDING his bonds, Paul is to be envied that he
Where the Gospel statement is clearly given, even if no reasoning is used, it will, under God, frequently convince, for
it is so marvelously self-evident, indeed, it would convince men universally were not the human heart harder than the
nether millstone and carnal reason deaf as the adder that will not hear the wisest charmer! The Apostle did not close his
sermon until he had made a home appeal to Agrippa. “King Agrippa,” said he (in something like the style of Nathan when
he said, “You are the man!”) “King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you believe.” He looked him
We must not only argue from the Scriptures, relate our experience, and give clear
statements of Gospel Truth, but we must also carry the war into the heart! The minister of Christ must know how to take
the scaling ladder and fix it against the wall of the conscience and climb it, sword in hand, to meet the man face to face in
sacred duel—for the capture of his heart he must not flinch to tell the faults he knows, or deal with the errors he
perceives. There must be a consecrated self-denial about the preacher, so that it matters not to him, even though he
should draw down the wrath of his hearer upon his head. One thing he must aim at, that he may persuade him to be a
Christian and for this he must strike home, coming to close quarters, if perhaps by God’s Grace, he may prick the man in
his heart, slay his enmity and bring him into captivity to Jesus!
Thus have I shown you the modes of persuasion which the Apostle used, and the object for which he used them. O
that such pleadings would persuade you!
“Almost persuaded” now to believe;
“Almost persuaded” Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
“Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.”
“Almost persuaded,” come, come today;
“Almost persuaded,” turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are ling’ring near,
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wand’rer, come!
“Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last!
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
“Almost,” but lost!