I occasionally use this simple illustration in sermons or Bible classes. Today I ran across a video version of the modern parable. It ought to provoke honest reflection on the mission of our local churches. I’ve included the audio and outline from a sermon delivered in 2008 below.
What happens when a church loses sight of its greatest goal? What happens when believers completely forget why they have been redeemed? This lesson reminds us that we are to serve as servants through whom others might be brought to Jesus. It reminds us of the urgent need to get the greatest of messages out to the world. We are God’s fellow workers and it’s time for us to fulfill His commission in our own generation.
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