The Thief, the King, and the Cross

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #10 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Luke 23:39-43: “When they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left…And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

When a prominent man dies, we are anxious to find out what his last words and actions were. We see in this passage that the last act of the Son of God was to save a sinner. Jesus Christ saved this thief just as he stood at the edge of the precipice of death. This thief was on the very border of hell, and Christ snatched him from the claws of Satan.

What is it that saved this thief who was nailed to the cross, his blood dripping away, his life slowly fading? Some people say there are things you must do before you can be saved. Yet this thief did nothing at all to be saved. He just hung there and died. Some people say it takes time to be saved. Yet this thief had no time. He was on the verge of death. In just a couple of hours, a Roman soldier would come and break his legs to make sure he was dead. Yet, this thief was saved.

In the short time this thief was hanging on the cross, we can see from this story three things that happened that allowed Jesus Christ to say to this thief, “Today, shalt thou be with me in Paradise.”

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Three Marks of a True Believer in Christ

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #9

TEXT:James 2:17-20: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

One of the most important questions that anyone can ask is, ‘how can I know that I am saved?’ What is the evidence that one is truly a son or daughter of God who has accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour. Today, we will look at three aspects of faith that show up in the life of a true believer in Jesus Christ.

I. First of all, I want you to notice that a true believer has a living faith.

II. Secondly, I want you to notice that a true believer has a faith that brings forth fruit.

III. Thirdly, today, I want you to notice that a true believer has a faith that gives peace.

The Tragedy of Making Excuses (Part 3)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #8

TEXT: Luke 14:16-18: “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse.”

Today, we are going to look at three more excuses that people give as to why they cannot come to Christ and the Biblical answers to each of these excuses.

I. One excuse that some people give is “My heart is too hard to come to Christ. I am too much of a sinner for Christ to accept me.”

II. Another excuse that people use to reject Christ is saying they don’t like church meetings or church people.

III. Thirdly, and finally, today, there are those people who say they cannot trust themselves to be saved.

The Tragedy of Making Excuses (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #7

TEXT: Luke 14:16-18: “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse.”

Today, we are going to look at three more excuses that people give as to why they cannot come to Christ. and the Biblical answers to each of these excuses.

I. Another excuse people give is “I don’t have the time.”

II. A second excuse that people make is ‘I don’t feel it.’

III. Some people say, ‘I can’t be saved because I do not know if I am elected.’

The Tragedy of Making Excuses (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #6

Some people are always making excuses for not doing their duty, and especially for not coming to Christ. If I asked some people to come to Christ, they would be ready to give some excuse for not accepting the invitation. When people are presented with the Gospel they automatically have an excuse for not receiving Christ, and if they don’t have one ready, Satan will be right by them to help them make up one. He is good at it. That has been his occupation the last six thousand years — helping men to make excuses.

Keep in mind, that the men in our passage were invited to a feast — not a funeral. They were not invited to go to prison. They were not invited to a hospital. They were invited to feast. Now, when a man prepares a feast, there is a great rush to see who will get the best seats; but when God prepares His feast, the chairs would all be empty, if His disciples did not go out to compel people to come in. No sooner did the King send out His invitations than the excuses began to rain in.

I want to share with you three excuses that people often give for rejecting salvation and the Biblical answers to each of these excuses.

I. Some people say, ‘I have tried, but it is just too hard to be a Christian.’

II. Another excuse people give is “I can’t understand the Bible.”

III. A third excuse that people make is ‘Well, there are hypocrites in the church.’

What Salvation Really Means

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #5

TEXT: I Peter 3:18-20: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

Many people have heard about this thing called salvation through Jesus Christ. Perhaps you heard of it when you attended church as a child. Perhaps you were walking down the street one day and ran into a street preacher who was talking about salvation. Or maybe someone came to your door to give you a Gospel tract about this thing called salvation. But you never took the time to find out what salvation through Jesus Christ really means.

Well, today, I want to share with you what salvation really means from the Word of God.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #4

TEXT: Isaiah 55:5-6: “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Today, I want to talk briefly about the most important thing you can do in life and how you should not put it off until tomorrow. What is the most important thing you can do in life? It is seeking the Lord — getting to know the Almighty God who is your Creator and Sustainer. You would not exist without God. Don’t you think it is wise to get to know Him?

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