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SO LITTLE TIME!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Lord's Day Evening, October 9, 2005
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19).


As I said this morning, the Greek words translated "all nations" are "ta ethne." The word "ethne" comes from the word "ethnos," which means "ethnic groups." So, the Great Commission literally tells us, "Go ye therefore, and teach ta ethne - all ethnic groups." I don't talk much about that, because, as my mother used to say, "Actions speak louder than words." A first-time visitor to our church can see very quickly and easily that we are a multi-ethnic church. And as long as I am the pastor here we are going to keep it that way!

We have been emphasizing reaching Orientals in Dr. Chan's class and my wife's class, but we continue to reach out to college students who are Hispanic through Mrs. Salazar's class, and to black people. Why? Because Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations - all ethnic groups," that's why!

The heart of a Bible-believing church must be focused on reaching people for Christ. Everything must be centered on evangelism - reaching out to people with the gospel. We do that in several ways. We send out the sermons I preach in four languages - reaching strategic pastors on six continents, from South Africa to Guatemala, from Taiwan to Java, in Indonesia, from England to Spain, from Mexico to Nigeria, from Italy to Hong Kong. Over three hundred pastors a day read our sermons in four languages and are encouraged and energized by them, throughout the entire world. We are now working with Dr. Neal Weaver to add Korean sermons to our website before next spring! Right now, our sermons go out in English, Spanish, Chinese and Indonesian. You have just seen a video on Indonesia. It has the largest Muslim population of any nation on earth. And it also has the third largest number of people reading the sermons on our website! Our message is transported every Sunday night into the heart of Indonesia. Thank God that we are able to preach our message over the Internet, to encourage the persecuted Christians there, and evangelize the Muslims in the nation of Indonesia!

In a few minutes we are going to take up an offering to send to Dr. Eddy Peter, who is the president of a Christian seminary in Indonesia. He is training young men to be missionaries to their own people there. I hope that you will give a few dollars tonight to help Dr. Peter train these young men. Dr. Peter is one of the missionaries that our church supports every month - but this will be a special offering to help his school to train young men for the ministry. Jesus said,

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations - all ethnic groups - all people."

We do that by preaching to the world every Sunday, in four languages, on the Internet. We do that by sending money to support missionaries every month, as well.

But everything rises or falls on the local church. The most important way we help to fulfill the Great Commission is by doing evangelism in our city to build up this local church!

Dr. Kermit Long said that most churches in America today are failing to evangelize. He said, "With all our education [and] our fine buildings, we are doing less to win people to Christ than our unschooled forefathers did. We're no longer fishers of men, but keepers of an aquarium, and we spend most of our time swiping fish from each other's bowl" (Paul Lee Tan, Th.D., Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations, Assurance Publishers, 1979, p. 1326). Dr. Long meant that many churches try to grow by "stealing" members from other churches. We do not do that here! We go after lost people. Our church is built exclusively from lost people. We go out and get them one by one. That's the way we obey Christ's Great Commission! That's the way we build up the local church!

Dr. John R. Rice wrote a beautiful hymn, "So Little Time." We have so little time to obey the Saviour, so little time to go and bring souls in. I want Mr. Griffith to come and sing that song by Dr. Rice. Sing the chorus for us, Mr. Griffith.

Today we reap, or miss our golden harvest!
Today is given us lost souls to win.
Oh then to save some dear ones from the burning.
Today we'll go to bring some sinner in.
   ("So Little Time" by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

I wonder if you would come this Wednesday night and go to evangelism with us? I know it's hard. I know you are busy. But this is the fall harvest. Just nine weeks from now the fall harvest will be over, and the Americans' "Holiday time" will begin. It will be too late to go then. They will not listen then. We must go now, during the fall harvest - or it will be too late to bring anyone in this year. Will you go on Wednesday night? I want everyone who will come and go to evangelism Wednesday night to come and stand here in front of the pulpit so we can pray for God to help you evangelize. You come while Mr. Griffith sings that chorus by Dr. Rice.

Today we reap, or miss our golden harvest!
Today is given us lost souls to win.
Oh then to save some dear ones from the burning.
Today we'll go to bring some sinner in.

Dr. Chan, please come and pray for those who have come, for God to help them as they go to evangelism.

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Matthew 28:18-20.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
"So Little Time" (by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).