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The Love That Compels

We are compelled to share the good news because of God's love for all.

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Here's one more Easter sermon from another great preacher. This message comes with a missional twist, as Briscoe points out how the love shown in the atoning death of Christ should motivate us toward serving as ambassadors for Christ. After you read Briscoe's message, take a minute to check out our new Easter-related sermons from N. T. Wright and Francis Chan. For more Easter ideas for your preaching—including sermons, illustrations, and videos—click here.


When the little woman met us at the airport in Kimberly, South Africa, she said, "Would you like to see the hole?" 

I had no idea what she was talking about, but being terribly British, I said, "We would love to see the hole! Thank you so much!" 

She said, "Would you like to see it before you see where you're going to stay, or afterwards?" 

I said, "Could we please go right away?" 

She said, "Of course." 

And so we set off to see "the hole." She was obviously excited about this hole. She talked nonstop about it. "This hole," she said, "is the biggest man-made hole in the world." Dug with primitive implements, the hole was hundreds of feet deep and one mile in circumference at the top. People had come from all over the world to dig, and they suffered all kinds of deprivation: famine, murder, thievery. To my utter amazement, she said, "It used to be a hill, you know? It used to be a hill."

I still had no idea what we were talking about. Eventually we arrived at the hole: hundreds of feet deep, one mile in circumference, slimy green water in the bottom. In a nearby ramshackle hut, a display of photos showed all kinds of people with little leather buckets, using an intricate system of pulleys and ropes, digging furiously in the biggest ...

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Stuart Briscoe is minister-at-large of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and author of several books, including What Works When Life Doesn't (Howard Books).

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Sermon Outline:


I. Paul is compelled, motivated by the love of Christ

II. We are motivated because we are convinced

III. We are compelled by a new perspective on people

IV. We are hemmed in by a serious commitment