The drowning story and the saving grace of jesus christ

January 19, 2 Comments Dear Friends: That a loving God gives us free choice while drowning whether we will reach out and take His hand to be saved or not.

The drowning story and the saving grace of jesus christ

I figured a person needed to have earned a Doctor of Practical Theology degree or at least a Bachelor of Religious Education degree to evangelize. It sounded labor intensive, burdensome and tough. Somebody else should do it.

In his classic book The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee tells the following story:

There was a story in the news back in July that I read and having thought about it, seemed to clarify to me exactly what evangelism is.

The associated press reported: Authorities in Florida say a group of teens watched and laughed as a man drowned in a retention pond last week. Jamel Dunn drowned in a retention pond in the city of Cocoa on July 9.

Police identified and interviewed the five teens involved. Is that not sad, that there are people in this world not willing to help another in a life threatening situation, to just watch them die and do nothing to help?

A Christian would never let this happen, right? Unlike Florida state law, as a Christian, Jesus does require me to help everybody I see in not just physical, but more importantly, spiritual danger. He wants to save everybody.

Jesus wants everyone to know about Him.

What is saving grace?

He suffered a horrible death so that all of mankind could be reconciled to the Father. The only way for that truth to be known is for someone to share it. As Christians, WE are that someone.

I know of or see someone every day that has a true spiritual thirst and has fallen into the waters of the world trying to quench it, and is drowning. What am I doing about it? Without a doubt it would really bother me watching someone drown physically without trying to help them but somehow seem to have no problem watching someone drown spiritually.

I keep my spiritual hands tucked under my worldly arm pits and do nothing. I need to realize that just a sip of scripture in the cup of concern, carefully placed with loving care in the hand of a drowning person, can make a life-saving difference.

Evangelism is simply speaking words. I had a dream one night shortly after reading the news story about the drowning man. In the dream I was doing just what those kids were doing; watching not just one, but a group of people thrashing around in the water, drowning.

Suddenly I felt a hand on my shoulder and I turned around and there was Jesus. I knew it was Him, He had the most loving look in His eyes but a look of such disappointment on His face.

He put a hand on each of my shoulders and looked me right in the eye and as tears rolled down His cheek He said to me: I was sooo ashamed. I could no longer look Him in the eye, I could only look down. As I stood there I wondered, how many people have spiritually drowned because I did nothing?

We all know the Bible verse: Jesus is crying today because there are people like me that call themselves Christians but are not willing to help another in an eternal life threatening situation.

Jesus tells us to: Is it worth spending a minute of your time to save one? To God it was worth giving His only Son to save one.

The drowning story and the saving grace of jesus christ

Brother Randy tells us most Sundays: Share what the Book says because the Book, it saves lives.Apr 12,  · 1 Hour of Powerful Testimonies About the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is real and He saves those who seek Him. The evidence in in . Perhaps you have run into an earnest Christian, that when opposing the biblical teaching of the "bondage of the will", "salvation by grace alone" and "election" will use the common salvation analogy which likens the unsaved to a helpless drowning man.

That a loving God gives us free choice while drowning whether we will reach out and take His hand to be saved or not. The Parable of the Drowning Man. Dear Friends: Perhaps you have run into an earnest Christian, that when opposing the biblical teaching of the "bondage of the will", "salvation by grace alone" and "election" will use the common salvation analogy which likens the unsaved to a helpless drowning man.

That a loving God gives us free choice while drowning whether we will reach out and take His hand to be . 1) You appear to assume from this analogy that the drowning man (the sinner) believes he is drowning (i.e..

believes he is a sinner) and is actually humble enough to recognize his own plight. Where did he get the wisdom and humility to know he was drowning (was a sinner)? That’s the good news of God’s saving grace.

It reaches us when we’re drowning in the fact of sin, the consequences of sin and when we’re separated from a holy God. When you think about being saved by grace, think about a lifeguard saving a drowning person.

Trust Jesus Christ as your personal sin bearer. Don’t worry about working. Saving faith is personally trusting Jesus Christ, committing your eternal destiny to what He did for you on the cross. Just as you entrust your life totally to the pilot when you get on board a plane, so you entrust your eternal destiny totally to Jesus and His death as your substitute on the cross.

The Parable of the Drowning Man | John