The fifth session of True Church Conference 2010 was presented by Conrad Mbewe of Zambia, Africa. Mbewe is known as the “African Spurgeon.” Mbewe’s sermon was on Loving Sinners. His text was Luke 19:41-44.
An argument of hyper-Calvinism in regards to evangelistic preaching is that preaching should be directed only to the regenerated person. The book of Acts shows this is not the case. Sermons in the book of Acts were directed to unbelievers. Hyper-Calvinism locks you away from loving sinners the way Jesus did.
The context of the text is following Palm Sunday and the excitement that that entailed. The people were praising God. It was the triumphal entry of Jesus. But instead of being joyful, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. Why? Because Jesus saw the destruction that lay in the future of the city.
Points from the passage:
1. If you love sinners the way God loves them then it will move you into evangelism because they are ignorant of what it takes to bring peace with God (verse 42a).
a. This was the season when the Son of God was on earth, but the people did not realize it. They were chasing after things which could not satisfy.
b. The people were busy practicing the externals of religion with no change of heart.
c. Jesus spent His time with sinners. We concentrate on inward programs but have lost sight of those on the outside who need Christ’s love.
2. If you love sinners the way God loves them, then it will move you to pray for them that God will open their eyes because only God is able to do so (verse 42b).
a. Unless God speaks life into us we will remain dead. Jesus knew this, but He still wept. His heart was broken by their blindness.
b. See Romans chapters 9-10. Paul wept over the spiritual blindness of his brother Israelites.
3. If you love sinners the way God loves them it will move you to preach to them of the judgment to come (verses 43-44).
a. The judgment to come broke Jesus heart. And also for the reason for the judgment – because they had rejected the day of their visitation by God.
b. And how much greater the condemnation will be for those who reject the resurrected Savior.
c. This should move us to action.
d. See Luke chapter 16.
e. If you are rescuing people from a sinking ship, you don’t spend time looking into God’s eternal plan to see who He wills to save and who He wills to die. You put everything you have into rescuing everyone you can.
Jesus’ love for sinners held Him to the cross. What is your love for sinners causing you to do?