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Eudardo, Come and Find Juan Cruz!

Evangelism Community Church/Body of Christ

Source: YouTube Video and “Who is Eduardo, Juan Cruz’s father” published on TrendDetail.com, September, retrieved 9/27/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-09-29

Scripture: Luke 19:10 ; Matthew 9:37

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

When a young boy became separated from his father on the streets of a busy Argentinian city last month, a concerned pedestrian promptly came to attend to him. He asked him his name and his father’s name. He then hoisted the young man onto his shoulders and began crying out, “Eduardo, come and find Juan Cruz!”

It wasn’t long before all the diners and pedestrians in the busy square began chanting aloud with him, “Eduardo, come and find Jaun Cruz!”

Soon, even a street band took up the call, quickly turning the chant into a song, and playing along with all the concerned citizens, singing together, “Eduardo, come and find Juan Cruz!”

Panic turned to comfort, encouragement, and support. It turned into a collective mission, as the entire community banded together to reunite young Juan Cruz with his father.

And it worked! Dad heard the commotion, followed the sound of the chants, zeroed in on the location, and ran to gather his son into his arms.

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APPLICATION

What is the Great Commission, what is our mission, if not to help lost souls to find their way back to their heavenly Father?  To this end, the Christian Church must band together with the same passion, purpose, and collective mission as the diners and pedestrians who chanted, “Eduardo, come and find Jaun Cruz!”

What would happen if we united in solidarity with one another to pray for, and minister to, and witness to each other’s lost family members, neighbors, friends, even strangers, hoisting them up on our shoulders, so to speak, to give them a view of the Father? Calling the Father to come and find them! Praying together, with each other and for each other, “Father, come and find my brother! Joe’s neighbor! Sharon’s employer!”

Lord, give us, your Church, as much passion for the lost as that crowd had for little Juan Cruz to be reunited with his father.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10, ESV).

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:4 - 7, ESV).

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’” (Matthew 9:37, ESV).

A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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ILLUSTRATION

My kids used to watch Barney growing up. I could not stand that show! The songs, the purple dinosaur, it all seemed like too much. A funny thing would happen though. We would start watching it together, and before long I would look around to find I was the only person in the living room still watching the show!  (All parents can relate to this!)

Of course, I wouldn't have even turned the show on if it weren't for them. Funny how the passions of others can begin to bleed over to us.

APPLICATION

As Christ followers, others see our passion for Christ. In time, our passion influences those who are exposed to it, whether or not they started out with an interest in spiritual things. 

"Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, "We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth" (John 1:45, NLT). 

"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" (John 4:29). 

Fishing For A Friend?

Loneliness Evangelism Friendship

Source: “The establishment lets you order an aquatic pal," by RAVNEET AHLUWALIA, September 4, 2017, The Independent

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Scripture: Matthew 4:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Independent reports:

The fish friend programme caught the imagination of the internet after radio producer Michelle Cook tweeted a picture of the fishbowl and sign. The caption read: “My friend is staying in a hotel in Belgium. They've offered her the option of renting a fish for the night, in case she's lonely.”

... Hotel manager David Dillen told The Independent that the fish rental service has been running for several years and is popular with guests. 

He said: “We started a few years ago. The idea was to surprise our guests, as we always try to do.

“It’s brilliant to see how people react to it. They smile, they take pictures to put on social media. We rent a few fish per week.”

APPLICATION

There are a lot of ways to deal with the problem of loneliness.  You could order a fish.  Or, you could get out of yourself and focus on trying to help someone else.  Whatever might be said of Jesus' followers, it should never be said that they are lonely. First, you’re never alone when you walk closely with Jesus. He is constantly by your side.  Also, He compels you to seek and serve others—particularly the lost.  His promise to every faithful follower is that He will make them fishers of men.  So the next time you're feeling all alone, don't hang out with a fish, but go fishing!

"Come, follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). 

Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?

Outreach Evangelism Unity

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2017-08-03

Scripture: Philippians 1:18

Author: Neal Pollard
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Are You A Hypermiler?

Evangelism Discipline (Self) Goal Setting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Search is On

Evangelism Missions Priorities

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Matthew 28:16 ; Luke 15:1

Author: Daniel Levitin
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A Winning Recipe

Evangelism Compassion Outreach

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-27

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Are You A Tare Or A Wheat?

Salvation Self-examination Evangelism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-07

Scripture: Matthew 13: ; Matthew 7:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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The Crusader's Rifle

Gospel Evangelism Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-09

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Lost One

Evangelism Community Compassion

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: Acts 2:46 ; Isaiah 6:8

Author: James Miller
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