Years ago, I heard the story of a Sunday morning service in a very large Pentecostal church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Someone heard a ruckus in the foyer and when the usher checked, he found the pastor’s wife, Jean Urshan, tugging gently on a man as she tried to drag him into the auditorium.
“What’s going on, here?” the usher asked. Seems Sister Urshan had taken literally the scripture Luke 14:23 “…compel them to come in” and the recipient of her enthusiasm had some reservations about such Sunday morning activities.
Around 9:30 this morning, Michael, Jerry and I met in the parking lot of the building where we are beginning a new church, drove one block and parked our cars. We stood together on the sidewalk and asked God to help us spread the Gospel in a tasteful, effective way, then with attractive church cards in hand, we were off to invite these people to our fledgling church. Michael took one side of the street; Jerry and I the other. It was a rewarding morning, and we found more than one person who promised to attend our services.
Later in the day, I thought of Sister Urshan, and her interpretation of the scripture. While I was finding the exact location of the verse on my computer, I came across a sermon by Spurgeon on this very subject. You may want to read how this dynamic preacher of the gospel dealt with this portion of scripture. Rev. Spurgeon’s sermon is here.
What a story we have to share, what life-changing concepts we have to offer, what good news we have to tell those with whom we walk. While I probably won’t use the same method our precious Jean Urshan did, I do understand her passion, and her desperate desire to introduce people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
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