Intro: Mistakes in evangelistic methods 1. Coming to Christ is a secret matter between the sinner and Christ. 2. There is a settlement or transaction between the sinner and Christ. 3. Christ gives a yoke for the believer to carry for the rest of life
Great Sermon! This message greatly helped me in understanding what is our part in evangelism: to pray and proclaim the Gospel -- and what is God's part: to convert the sinner and give him a new heart. We cannot do God's part and should not try to "engineer" a conversion. Rev. Murray beautifully shows that this inner transformation is a "secret work" of God that He alone can do; we must not intrude into His sphere of working. It is a great relief when we realize that God does not hold us responsible for the results of our witness, only that we bear faithful and prayerful testimony to Christ and to His Word and trust Him to do the rest. Man-made "conversions" don't last anyway! Jesus said, "Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up" (Matt. 15:13). Only the new, pure heart that God creates is able to endure the fire of testing and last for all eternity.
Rev. Murray also speaks of the great freedom that comes from being under Christ's yoke and learning of Him. His humility leads us into rest and peace. This is a sermon I'll listen to again and am also recommending to others.
Born in 1938 in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, Allan Murray was converted from a worldly life to life in Christ in 1963. He was in secular employment from finishing at Glasgow University in 1962 until he felt called to the ministry in 1985. He then began theological training in...