Abundant Life Crusades
Tony and Marge Abram have been preaching the Good News for over 61 years!


It is said that the Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions. The great offer of the gospel is adventure. We're God's representatives. In this outline sermon we list some of the most important things that we much do in all of our lives, from minister to lay person.

The gospel must be preached afresh and told in new ways to every generation, since every generation has its own unique questions. The gospel must constantly be forwarded to a new address, because the recipient is repeatedly changing his place of residence. - Helmut Thielicke,

The modern world is said to have made discipleship harder. But it has also made evangelism easier. Today's world is said to be multiplying crises all around us. But we must never forget that, for the gospel, each crisis is an opportunity. - Billy Graham,

Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities. - Billy Graham.

I. We must be reminded that we must obey the great commission!
Matt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (KJV)
- Matt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

II. We must also all be involved in last day harvest!
Matt 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Matt 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
- Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
- John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
- Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

You cannot pull people uphill who do not want to go; you can only point up.

Crops go through three stages: green, ripe, and rotten. Harvest is effective only at one stage. Likewise, intervention, at the right time, can produce a rich spiritual harvest. Marshall Shelley

III. We must Challenge Intercessors and make Make Prayer Warriors of them!
Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
- James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The future of the Christian work which is now being carried on with such great intensity does not depend upon curtailment or reorganization. It depends upon whether the Spirit of God can persuade us to take up the work of prayer. - O. Hallesby

IV. To try to bring Vision among saints and churches!
- Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Attempt something so impossible that, unless God is in it, it is doomed to failure. - John Haggai

Vision is merely hope with a blueprint.
If we lose the vision, we alone are responsible, and the way we lose the vision is by spiritual leakage. If we do not run our belief about God into practical issues, it is all [over] with the vision God has given.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

V. To know the Fields of ministry. Bring Fields so Close to home that all will want to get involved!
1 Thes 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

I don't perceive my call as one to protest the culture but to proclaim the Savior.

VI. We should try to connect Ministries! Network them.
2 Cor 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

VII. We should raise support and money for missions.
2 Cor 8:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
- 1 Thes 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that
are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
- Phil 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
- Phil 4:15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

We should give as we would receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

VIII. We should all be involved to reach the World!
Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

If you and I are going to be faithful to the ministry God is calling us to, then we had better understand that. I reflected on the attitudes of key people throughout the Scriptures and the history of the church.

The worlds a better place because a German monk named Martin Luther did not say, "I don't do doors."
The world's a better place because an Oxford don named John Wesley didn't say, "I don't do preaching in fields."
The world's a better place because Moses didn't say, "I don't do Pharaohs or mass migrations."
The world's a better place because Noah didn't say, "I don't do arks and animals."
The world's a better place because Rahab didn't say, "I don't do enemy spies."
The world's a better place because Ruth didn't say, "I don't do mothers-in-law."
The world's a better place because Samuel didn't say, "I don't do mornings."
The world's a better place because David didn't say, "I don't do giants."
The world's a better place because Peter didn't say, "I don't do Gentiles."
The world's a better place because John didn't say, "I don't do deserts."
The world's a better place because Mary didn't say, "I don't do virgin births."
The world's a better place because Paul didn't say, "I don't do correspondence."
The world's a better place because Mary Magdalene didn't say, "I don't do feet."
The world's a better place because Jesus didn't say, "I don't do crosses."
And the world will be a better place only if you and I don't say, "I don't do."
-- Leonard Sweet,

IX. We must strife to send out Workers and Missionaries!
Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
- Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
- Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
  A. We must reach the unreached.
Percentage of Christian missionaries who go to countries with a majority of the population professing Christianity: 99%.

X. We should leave a missionary conference encouraged and blessed!
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
- Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

XI. We need to all pledge our money and ourselves to the winning of souls!
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

There is a subtle false teaching that says we can be evangelical without being evangelistic. It has to believe we "go" to church rather than we "are" the church. The richest topsoil for growing dollars for ministry is a vision for the Great Commission.  - Wayne Pohl

God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades

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