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Great Bible Invitations – Sermon #2
THE INVITATION TO COMPANIONSHIP
Intro: The Bible is a book of invitations. All through the pages of this great Book, God is continually inviting people to join Him in where He is going and in what He is doing. By the way, that is a great blessing! To think that God would invite me to join Him is a blessing too great for words!
In this passage, Moses is talking to a man
named Hobab. There is some dispute over just who this man is. Some think he is
Moses’ brother in law. Others think Hobab is another name for Moses’ father in law
Jethro. I lean toward the latter interpretation because of
In this passage,
I would like to study this invitation today. In these verses, there are several aspects of this invitation we need to investigate. There is a word here for the church. There is a word here for those who are outside the church. There is a word here for every person in this room. So, let’s take some time today to look into this passage and consider The Invitation To Companionship.
Special People Moses uses the words us and we.
He is inviting his father in law to join a special people. The children of
(Note: The saints of God are a
special people as well. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are special!
You are special because you have been chosen by Him, Eph. 1:4;
(Note: We are also headed to a special
place. It is not a land of milk and honey. But, it is a land of peace, joy and
sinless perfection. It is a land of blessing where none of the problems and
afflictions of earth can follow, Rev.
21:4; 27. It is a place called Heaven and it is promised to us,
Special Privilege Hobab is not a part of that people. He is not a
part of the covenant of
(Note: By the way, that is our privilege as well. We have the honor of inviting all those around us to “Come with us! This thing called salvation is something that is to be shared with others. We can give away what we have without lessening the value of what we have.
If I have a hundred dollars and give five people twenty dollars each, then I have shared what I have, but I have nothing left. But, if I share my faith and invite someone who does not know Jesus to “come with us, I have given away what I have, but I have lost nothing! In fact, I have increased the value of what I have because I have just laid up treasure in Heaven, Matt. 6:19-21. Salvation is the only thing I know of that gets more valuable as you give it away!
While I am on the subject, let me say that
inviting people to “come with us is more than a privilege. It is also an
obligation. As we move through this life, we are commanded to share what we
have with those who do not have it, Matt.
II. v. 29-32 COME SHARE IN OUR PARTNERSHIP
Our Family Come thou with us Since Hobab is
not a part of
(Note: We need to hear this today: There is no salvation outside the Lord Jesus Christ! Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that you can be saved by joining this or any church. I am not saying that you can be saved by observing any of the rituals of this or any church. You cannot be saved through baptism or church membership.
What I am saying is that salvation can
only be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When you believe on
Jesus, you become a member of His body, or the church,
When the Bible says, “Ye must be born again,
it means what it says! There must be a moment in time when you look to Jesus by
faith and trust Him as your Savior by faith,
As a family member, you are entitled to
all the rights and privileges thereof. You become a child of God,
B. Join Our Fellowship We will do thee good Moses is telling Hobab, If you will come with us, we will treat you right! God is blessing us and we will share those blessings with you. We won’t hurt you, but we will do our best to be a blessing to you!
In reality, Moses is saying two things to Hobab.
You need us If Hobab wants to be
saved and enjoy the blessings of the Lord, then he is going to have to go with
2.) We need you v. 31 This desert was Hobabs home territory. He knew where the best camp sites were located. He knew where the best trails could be found. He knew where all the watering holes were. Moses said, We will be a blessing to you and you will be a blessing to us. Come thou with us!
(Note: When we invite people to come with us, we are doing more than offering them a “get out of Hell free card.” We are promising more than just blessings after this life is over. When someone joins the church, they should hear the same things that Hobab heard. They should hear us say and see us live out, 1.) You need us and 2.) We need you.
Why do people need us? The church should be able to offer people some things they cannot find anywhere else in this world. Here is what they should find in the church.
Ψ Someone who genuinely cares for
them Rom. 12:15;
Ψ Someone who will help them carry
their burdens Gal.
6:2 This refers to both the physical and spiritual aspects of this truth.
If we have the means to meet a need in someones life, then we are to do it, in
Ψ Someone who will love them
Ψ There is far more that people should find in church. They should find fellowship, acceptance, and family. We should be able to say to every person who unites with this church: “We will do thee good! (Ill. Far too many churches are in the business of hurting people. They hurt them by their words and by their deeds. We must get in the business of helping people! When we do, they will come and they will stay, because they will find here what they can find nowhere else in this world. Calvary Baptist, can we honestly say, Come thou with us, and we will do thee good? It should become our goal to be able to say that and mean it when we do!
Why do we need them? When God saves
a sinner, He gives that saved on His Spirit. Along with the Spirit of God come
the gifts of the Spirit. God uniquely gifts each person He saves for a specific
task within His body,
Can we, as a church honestly say, “Come with us, and we will do thee good? Or must we say, Come with us and we will hold you back; Come with us and we will prevent you from reaching your potential; Come with us and we will make you wish you had never joined this church?
I think we are the kind of church that will do our best to do good by those who come here. But, like all other churches, there is room for improvement in this area.
III. v. 29 COME SHARE IN OUR PROMISES
When we look at an individual and say “Come with us, we are inviting them to partake of the great promises that God has given to us. Here are the promises we have, that we can share with others.)
Share The Promise Of A Home Just as the wilderness was not
the final destination for
1. It is a Land of Worship Rev. 4-5; Rev. 7:9-17 It is a land where the redeemed ones will praise their Redeemer!
2. It is a Land of Wonders Rev. 21-22 Words cannot begin to describe that city! Walls of Jasper, gates of pearl, foundations of twelve precious stones; streets made of transparent gold; the presence of Jesus Christ and God the Father; and the presence of the saints of God; will make Heaven a land of wonderful beauty and glory.
3. It is a Land of Wellness Rev. 21:4 There will be no tears, no pain, no suffering, no sickness and no death in that land. The problems and burdens of life which trouble us here will have no effect there. They will be banned at the gate Rev. 21:27!
B. Come Share The Promise Of Hope The phrase in verse 29, “will give it you is filled with promise. Moses is inviting Hobab to rest on the promises of the Lord. Moses is saying, There is hope for tomorrow! The Lord Himself has promised us that there are better things down the road!
That is the hope of the believer! This
world is a place of heartaches, trials and troubles,
will be a Day of Rest I have already touched on it, but there is coming a
day of rest for the child of God. You will lay down the burdens of this life
and you will enter a place of peace, rest and safety, where you will never be
troubled again! (
will be a Day of
will be a Day of Reward Others of you have served in faithful silence
while others got all the glory. People bragged about the work others did while
you served in silence. I want to remind you that God didnt miss a thing you
did. He saw it all and He took good notes. He knows every prayer you prayed. He
knows every meal you missed. He knows every dollar you gave. He saw every cup
of cold water given in His name, Matt.
10:29-32. He sees it all! One day, He will balance the scales and those who
have tooted their own horn; those who have received all the pats on the back;
those who have be given the accolades of men, will watch their works burn to
ashes, while you hear Jesus say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant:
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (
Share The Promise Of A Help Moses tells Hobab that God hath
As we journey toward glory, we also have certain promises that we can count on. We have a divine Helper in this life
1. He Has Promised To Sustain Us Just as He fed Israel in that wilderness with the Manna and the quail, He will take care of His children, Phil. 4:9; Matt. 6:25-34.
2. He Has
Promised To Sanctify Us He set
3. He Has
Promised To Satisfy Us
4. He Has
Promised To Secure Us God did what He promised and He brought
When Hobab heard the invitation, his first response was to say “No,
verse 30. But, we find that he
changed his mind and went,
So, here is your invitation today, “Come with us!” Come with us to Heaven if you are not saved. Come to Jesus and be saved. Come with us as we serve the Lord. He will bless you and He will bless us by your presence. Come with us as we move into the future the Lord has for this church. He has a plan for us and we can either go willingly and be blessed, or we can say “No and miss out on all the blessings.
Has God spoken to you today?
· Has He spoken to you about your soul? Come to Jesus!
· Has He spoken to you about your conduct and attitude at church? Come to Jesus!
· Has He spoken to you about some problem you are facing, or some need you have and you want to bring it to Him? Come to Jesus!
· Have He spoken to you about the need to go to others and say “Come with us? Come to Jesus!
· Whatever the need, don’t say “No to God. Say Yes to Him and come get the help you need from Him!