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The Least Of These.

April 30, 2014

A sermon I gave on 4/30/14 at PGM (Pacific Garden Mission), one of the largest homeless shelters in the country. Please pray that hearts would be softened!

 

 

I know you pretty much have to be here, but I still want to thank you for whatever attention you decide to pay me.

Before we get started, let me tell you a bit about myself.

My name is Justin Obriecht and my wife Tara and I started a homeless ministry a couple years ago called Wash and Worship.

My brother, who I dearly love, has been in prison for 12 years and gets out this fall.

My parents are divorced and so am I.

I’ve been broke and I’m currently wealthy.

I personally know pain and joy.

I personally know divorce, atheism, fornication, cheating, lying, stealing, womanizing and adultery.

I’ve been addicted to weed, porn and masturbation.

I know about half sisters that I’ve never met and wasn’t even aware of.

I don’t know hopelessness, but I’ve been around it enough to empathize with you.

 

 

But the most important thing to know about me, is that I’ve been saved from all that by Jesus Christ!

I was born again on March 27th 2012 after 20 years of antitheism.

Antitheism means not only did I not believe in God,

But I thought the idea of God was a tool used to manipulate the weak and vulnerable.

And I made it my mission to get people out of that deception.

But now I’m a child of God,

I have the Holy Spirit living inside of me,

I have a personal relationship with God through JC,

My sins have been forgiven, and I’m guaranteed to go to heaven and live forever.

Now that you know a little about me, will you please join me in prayer?

 

 

Let me tell you how I met God on March 27th 2012.

My testimony

 

 

So how can someone be “born again”, when we’ve already been born?

What does it mean to be “born again”?

You have to understand there are two types of death, Physical death and Spiritual death.

In the same way that every human will physically die, every human is also inherently spiritually dead.

Let me say that again, we’re all spiritually dead by default.

And spiritually dead people don’t go to heaven, they go to hell.

And the only way to become spiritually alive is to give your life to JC.

And now this is the most important thing I’m going to say today….

YOU CAN BE BORN AGAIN TOO!

ANYONE CAN, AT ANY TIME, ANYWHERE!

Let me tell you how…

 

THE FIRST THING you need to know is that…

There’s only one God, who rules and created the universe, including man in His image.

God is made up of three persons, God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit,

They’re all equally God, in three different forms.

In the beginning God had a perfect relationship with Adam and Eve until they sinfully disobeyed God by eating the apple.

This original sin separated all future generations from God and meant we would all rebel, die, be judged and go to hell.

But out of His love and grace, God implemented a plan for reconciliation.

He sent His one and only sinless and perfect Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins to take our place.

Jesus was then raised from the dead, and according to the Bible, appeared to 500 people over 40 days.

Jesus then ascended into heaven, but sent the Holy Spirit ten days later as a helper and comforter in His place,

And the Holy Spirit lives inside of me, my wife,

My friends Keith and David who are in the back of the room,

And anyone else who is born again.

 

 

So how can you be born again, have your sins forgiven, receive the Holy Spirit, avoid hell and have eternal life?

 

You must admit to God you’re a sinner from the bottom of your heart,

Tell God you’re sorry for offending Him,

Repent of your sins and beg Jesus to come into your life.

 

If you listen to Benny Hinn, the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witness’s, Mormons, Joel Osteen, or Joyce Meyer, you’ve been deceived, they DO NOT preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

There are only two types of people in this world.

You’re either born again, or you’re not.

You either have the HS inside of you or you don’t.

You’re a child of God, or a child of the devil.

You either serve God or you’re a slave to sin.

And depending on which one you are, you’re either going to heaven or you’re going to hell.

 

 

THE SECOND THING you need to know is that the Bible is the inherent Word of God.

Everything in it is true,

It never contradicts itself and it’s God’s Word written by God through Holy Spirit inspired men.

 

 

And FINALLY you need to know there’s an enemy, an adversary, an evil.

And that’s the devil.

The devil is a fallen angel who wanted to be God,

He tries to make God a liar by making you believe him over God.

The devil has been watering down truth and deceiving since the beginning of time,

And that’s why the truth in the Bible has been twisted, misused and misunderstood.

 

So it doesn’t matter what you think, what you believe, what your parents believe, or what you don’t understand.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Jewish, Muslim, Jehovahs Witness, Mormon, Catholic or deceived by any of the other false religions.

It doesn’t matter what questions you have, what you misunderstand, or what you try to ignore about the Bible.

This is the state of mankind and the parameters that control your life and eternal destiny.

So now that we know the Bible is the perfect Word of God,

Lets see what it has to say about mankind….

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, “

Romans 10:9 – “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”

John 3:17 & 18   “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already.”

Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

So why is believing in JC so important?

Why does God care if you believe in JC?

Because God created man to be in relationship with Him. He wanted someone to share authentic love with.

And at the center of any loving relationship is trust.

And God said that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your sins and He was raised from the dead.

And if you believe Him, it means you trust Him,

And He counts that as righteousness and forgives your sins so you can be in a relationship with Him.

Now as we touched on earlier, it’s not enough for you to say you believe in God or JC.

As James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder” EXPLAIN

No, you have to believe that Jesus is God and that He died on the cross for your sins and was raised from the dead.

You have to believe in your heart, you have to put all your trust in JC and in His Word.

You have to leave your old life and give your life to Christ!

As Paul says in Romans 12, “ I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God which is your reasonable service”.

In other words, if you truly believed in your heart that the God of the universe sent His Son to die in your place, your entire life would change.

This point is made perfectly clear in James 2:17 when it says, “Faith without works is dead”.

What he’s saying is if you truly believed that God has forgiven your sins and blessed you with eternal life,

You’d feel so obligated to serve Him for the rest of your life, that all of your desires, behaviors, motivations and actions would drastically change.

 

 

So do you have a time in your life when all of your desires, behaviors, motivations and actions drastically changed?

Is there a time in your life that you can point to and say, I was a completely different person after that day?

If not, being born again doesn’t sneak up on you.

It doesn’t matter how many prayers you say,

How many times you think you gave your life to Christ,

How much you read the Bible,

If you were baptized,

If you had first communion,

If you’ve been confirmed,

Or what your pastor, friends or family think.

True salvation, true repentance, a real relationship with JC will always produce good fruit.

People will know you’re saved by the change in you,

By the way you live,

By the way you treat others,

By the way you love God and thank Him all day everyday.

By the way you tell others about your love for Christ on a daily basis.

 

 

If you can’t point to a time like this in your life, you’re going to hell.

You’re perishing as you sit here.

You’re an enemy of God and you don’t even know it.

As John 8:44 and John 3:10 says, you’re unwittingly a child of satan, doing satans work.

You’re a slave to your sin.

 

 

See God doesn’t send anyone to hell.

We send ourselves to hell.

God blessed us with free will.

And if you choose to ignore Him,

He loves you enough to respect your choice,

Give you want you want,

Which is a life without God,

And let you have it for eternity in hell.

Let me be clear,

There’s nothing you can do to get to heaven.

It doesn’t matter how good or bad of a person you are,

It doesn’t matter if you clean up your life,

It doesn’t matter how many horrible things you’ve done, or how many good things you’ve done,

The only way to get to heaven is to beg God to come into your life,

Beg him for forgiveness and turn from your sins.

 

 

Some people ask me to prove that God exists,

The problem with that is,

God purposely made it impossible to prove or disprove His existence.  AGAIN

This is because relationships aren’t based on proof; they’re based on trust and faith.

You trust what your friend tells you,

You have faith in your family to come through,

You’ll never have proof that someone wont let you down, you have to trust them.

You have to have faith in them.

It’s the same way with God.

 

Nobody can talk you into loving someone,

Nobody can force you to be in a relationship.

It’s the same way with God.

 

You have to desire to be in a relationship,’

You have to desire to love someone,

It’s the same way with God.

 

 

Do you know what Gospel means????

It means good news,

And there’s no better news in the world then what I’ve just told you.

Except that God specializes in saving the broken,

The worst of the worst,

The lowest of the low,

And right now that’s you!!!!!!!!!

You’re in the perfect position for JC to save your life.

You’re in the perfect position for God to relieve you of your burdens, sins, shame and guilt.

God has put you here to break you down,

To humble you,

To remove your sense of entitlement,

To remove your selfishness and self-centeredness,

To remove your stubbornness, vanity and immaturity.

God’s fingerprints are all over your lives!!

He loves you more than anything and has amazing plans for your life.

Stop being angry and bitter with a faultless God,

And take responsibility for your actions and sins.

All you have to do is give in, let go, give up control,

Repent of your sins and beg God to come into your life.

 

 

In the end, I’m begging you to understand,

That we’re all sinners,

But what ever you do,

Don’t end up a sinner without a savior!
 

If you have any questions or would like to speak with me I’ll hang around after the service.

Thank you!

 

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5 Comments
  1. Sharon longoria permalink

    Wow,who knew you had it in you. Glad to hear you found JC and that you have become an unselfish, caring person with a mission in life. Sounds like the work you do will help many a lost soul. Compassion and spirituality often go hand in hand with true believers in christ. Im glad you now seem to have found both. Where as i dont necessarily believe your word to be accurate as far as heaven and hell is concerned, i do believe you are on the right path concerning relationship building and getting to understand people of all kinds and their plight. I hope god blesses you and your family in a way you never thought possible.
    Sincerly, Sharon Longoria

    • Thanks for reaching out Sharon! I appreciate your encouraging words! I pray that the Lord blesses you in every way!

  2. Amen Justin! God bless you and all the many ways you share Christ and reach out in love to those in need. I spoke at PGM last Friday night… time flies by, I’ve been meaning to connect with you for some time… my prayers are with you and Tara… Scott Reese / christcares.org

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