STOP SIGNS ON THE ROAD TO HELL
LUKE 13:23-29
23 And someone said to Him, "Lord, are there {just} a few who are being saved?" And He said to them, 24 "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 "Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' 26 "Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets'; 27 and He will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you are from; \depart from Me, all you evildoers.\' 28 "There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth there when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being cast out. 29 "And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline {at the table} in the kingdom of God.

INTRODUCTION:
Several Years ago a story related a sad event. A man stood in the middle of the road and waved a sign warning the on coming traffic of the danger ahead. A car filled with some partying youth pass by at a rapid rate of speed. The man tried to stop them but the rushed by him.

They went on down the road and found the bridge broken. They were all killed. All they had to do was to pay attention to the man trying to stop them and they would have been saved.  Some of you here today need to pay attention to God's Stop Signs on the Road to Hell.
 
 
 

I. The Bible Is a Stop Sign. 2 Tim. 3:15  
15. and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

ILLUSTRATION:
A Bible Professor - College President named Dr Charles Howard placed a Bible on the seat of his car and then picked up hitch hikers. He said he lead many people to the Lord through that means. The hitch hiker would have to move the Bible in order to get in, and then have to decide what to do with the Bible.

Dr Howard would direct then in reading several passages. He said "it was very interesting to watch those hitch hikers handle the Bible. It is a stop sign on a persons road to hell.

APPLICATION:

We need to do all we can to display, teach, share , and preach the scriptures. The Bible alone can be a stop sign on a persons road to hell.
 
 

 
 
II. The Kindness of God Is a Stop Sign. Rom. 2:4 
ROM 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

ILLUSTRATION:
The goodness of God leads to repentance. Any person in their right mind should recognize the good in their life and in this country. God is the cause of every good and perfect gift

APPLICATION:

Have you noted the kindness of God in your life? Has it lead you to repentance?
 
 
 
 

III. Knowledge of Jesus Christ Is a Stop Sign. Luke 19:10 
10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

ILLUSTRATION:
A man who had lost all because of his alcoholism would go to his room in a flop house at night. He would sit with his bottle and drink himself to sleep. Across the street was a rescue mission that had a flashing sign with the message Jesus Saves. Over and over again the sign would flash

Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves. Then an electrical short caused the light to go off. The man was heard to scream, no don't stop that's only hope.

APPLICATION:

Jesus does save and He is our only hope of salvation. Sometimes we forget other people need Him also He is their only hope also.
 
 
 

IV. KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A STOP SIGN. JOHN 16:7-8 
7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;

ILLUSTRATION:
Some people do not understand God's conviction. He convicts anyway. Did you know the United States Government has a fund for people who write in to say they have cheated on their taxes and want to pay the money. Sometimes they send the money in several years after the actual year the cheated.

Why? I say it is the work of God's Spirit. He will lead a person to repentance. He is a stop sign before the road to hell.

APPLICATION:

It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction. None of us can convict people of sin? It is his responsibility. Pray for him to do just that in the life of the lost.
 
 
 

V.    THE CHURCH IS A STOP SIGN . MATT. 16:18  
18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.

ILLUSTRATION:
The Director of the Discipleship Division of the Southern Baptist Convention Roy Edgeman went into a church because he lost the flip of a coin. Four boys heard the singing and flip a coin to see if they wanted to go into the church.   He and four friends got saved. One of the other boys is also a minister.

The steeple of this church is a stop sign. It calls people to look up to God.

APPLICATION:

Not long ago a truck driver stopped across the street and attended our services. After church he asked to talk to me and told me he needed spiritual help. He said the steeple told him to come in here and we would help him. I lead him in the sinners prayer and he confessed Jesus as Lord in his life.
 
 
 

VI. THE BIBLICAL SERMON IS A STOP SIGN.   1 COR. 1:18 & 21 
1CO 1:18 For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not {come to} know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

ILLUSTRATION:
A pastor in Ohio had a man come into the morning service and then after the service ask to talk with the preacher. That pastor said the man as the worst sinner he had ever talked to, but he assured him God could forgive him. The man would not yield to Christ but agreed to come back on Sunday Night.

The pastor studied to preach to that one man during the evening service. He used scripture after scripture to convince the man he could be forgiven and saved form his sinful life. When he gave the invitation that night his son came forward and said "dad you sure were preaching to me and I want to get saved.

APPLICATION:

We never know what God is doing during the preaching of His word but He has promised to bless His word. We need to be regular in praying for those who preach the word of God.
 
 
 

VII. THE CHRISTIAN WITNESS IS A STOP SIGN. ACTS 20:20-21 
ACT 20:20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21 solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

ILLUSTRATION:
A man once laid a piece of chocolate candy on a table. Then, picking up an ant, he put it near the delicious bon bon. He was surprised to see it take a single bite and then hurry off to inform

the rest of the colony. Soon the little creature returned, followed by a long train of other ants who enjoyed the treat with him. Many Christians who have tasted that the Lord is good can learn a lesson from that little insect. Having found God's rich supply of grace, they ought to spread the glad tidings to others.

CONCLUSION:

1. A Sunday School teacher, a Mr. Kimball, in 1858, led a Boston shoe clerk to give his life to
    Christ.

2. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became an evangelist. In England in 1879, he awakened
    evangelistic zeal in the heart of Fredrick B.Meyer, pastor of a small church.

3. F. B. Meyer, preaching to an American college campus, brought to Christ a student named J.
    Wilbur Chapman.

4. Chapman, engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player, Billy Sunday, to do
    evangelistic work.

5. Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, N.C. A group of local men were so enthusiastic
    afterward that they planned another evangelistic campaign, bringing Mordecai Hamm to
    town to preach.

6. During Hamm's revival, a young man named Billy Graham heard the gospel and yielded his
    life to Christ.

We need to be witnesses as a stop sign for people on there way to hell.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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