The Great Lost Concept of the 21st Century: Personal Accountability (2)
TITLE: The Great Lost Concept of the 21st Century: Personal Accountability
C.I.T: Paul points out the reality of Personal Accountability.
THESIS: Every person will be held personally accountable for what they have heard.
S/O: The lost will accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
A - William Gladstone –Most Serious thought “My Personal accountability to God.”
I - Held accountable for exposure to the GoD’s Word (vs. 1).
A - Pay attention –You will be held accountable.
1- Ridiculers of Noah were held accountable.
2- Those who spat upon Jesus were held accountable.
B - Pay attention – Don’t drift away from what you hear – Christian- You will be Held accountable!
be Held accountable! () “For we must all appear before the
() “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.”
judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.”
body, whether good or bad.”
1- How can we drift away? () - Read
a- By placing too little value on what God says to us.
b- By becoming too engrossed with “business”.
c- By allowing ourselves to become ensnared by the pleasures of life
d- By procrastinating when it comes to spiritual matters
1) Remember: Delayed obedience is disobedience!
2) Missed opportunities many times can not be reclaimed.
C -Pay attention - Don’t let Salvation “Slip thru your grasp – lost friend.
1- Agrippa - “almost persuaded”– but lost. (Acts 25:28). “Then Agrippa
said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
2- Today is the only day that you may have.
() “Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.”
a day might bring.”
() “Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation.”
day of salvation.”
II - HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL ETERNITY (Vs 2 – 4)
A -The angelic messages disregarded brought punishment (vs. 2).
1) To Cain, for the murder of His Brother
() “ If you do right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do right, sin is crouching at
the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
8 ¶ Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while
they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9 ¶ Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”
10 Then He said, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground!
11 So now you are cursed with alienation from the ground that opened
its mouth to receive your brother’s blood you have shed.
12 If you work the land, it will never again give you its yield. You will be
a restless wanderer on the earth.”
13 ¶ But Cain answered the LORD, “My punishment is too great to
2) Lot’s wife turned to salt. (, ; )
(, ) “As soon as the angels got them outside, one of them
said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look back and don’t stop anywhere on
the plain! Run to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”….
But his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
() “ Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to make his life
secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”
B - God’s message disregarded, bears eternal Consequences (VS 3-4).
1) Spoken by the Living Word
() “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through Me.
2) Confirmed by Witnesses and Miracles.
a) In the early N.T.: Peter, Paul.
b) In today’s world: lives changed by Christ.
3) No escape from punishment.
a) Judgment is sure.
() “…it is appointed for people to die once—and
after this, judgment”
() “Then I saw a great white throne and One
seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no
place was found for them.
12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before
the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened
, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to
their works by what was written in the books.
13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up
their dead; all were judged according to their works.
14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the
second death, the lake of fire.
15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown
into the lake of fire.
Nothing in the world is easier than drifting. No person drifts upstream, only downstream. It is so easy. All you do is sit back and relax and let the boat go. You are soon lulled into a lazy stupor, not caring where you go. You may not even be aware you are drifting until it is too late and the boat is on the rocks. Satan is very wise. He seldom urges a Christian to leave the church or to give up his faith in the Lord. Instead he causes us to relax, rest on the oars, and drift along in the Christian life.
All around us are Christians who have drifted into a state of coldness and indifference. They have stopped caring about others who need to hear the message of God's saving grace.
Don’t be like Agrippa… “Almost Pursuaded”
Hymn: ‘ALMOST PURSUADED’
“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!
Oh, be persuaded! Christ never fails— Oh, be persuaded! His blood avails— Can save from every sin, Cleanse you without, within— Will you not let Him in? Open the door!
“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!”
Be now persuaded, oh, sinner, hear! Be now persuaded, Jesus is near; His voice is pleading still, Turn now with heart and will, Peace will your spirit fill— Oh, turn today!