Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


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Jessie's Junkyard

  • Jim Townsley
  • Aug 8, 2016
As a young child I remember my grandfather taking me to a local junkyard. Junkyards were common during that era and almost every community had one. They usually contained old cars, broken machinery, a variety of scrap metal and junk. This one belonged to Jesse Goodman and much of the community considered it an eyesore. Amidst the scrap metal, discarded machinery and outdated tools I found what I considered many wonderful treasures. The junk yard often provided a part for a special of need for my grandfather to repair something on the farm. To a young child it seemed like a goldmine filled with wonderful treasures.
Just like that junkyard there many souls today that have been damaged, discarded and forgotten that can become useful and special trophies of grace. It is for these lost souls that Jesus died. The Bible clearly reveals Jesus love for such sinners. Luke chapter fifteen is given entirely to the subject of Jesus’ love for publicans and sinners. The Scribes and Pharisees failed to see the value of these scorned people of society. The Scripture states, This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” --1 Timothy 1:15.  
Jesus loves sinners and He died for them, therefore we should love sinners and endeavor to reach them with the gospel. Jesus compels us to go after the outcasts of society and invite them to be saved. The parable of the Great Supper reveals this truth.  So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”  --Luke 14:21-23. The servant is admonished to go out and invite the poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind, all outcasts of society. 
Every community has forgotten souls that have become outcasts. You can find these people in nursing homes, prisons, shut-in, elderly, handicapped, deaf, blind or diseased. There are also drug addicts, alcoholics, rebels and runaways that most people ignore as a menace to their community. Often these people have no one to love them and many could be reached with the gospel if only someone showed them the love of Christ.
A new church planter must learn to find and love these forgotten souls. Starting a new church very often begins with the outcasts and forgotten people of the community. Few preachers begin with business men, political leaders or the wealthy families of their city. Eventually men and women of means may get saved and become an active part of your church, but initially many churches begin with those that no one else loves. If Jesus were to start a church today He would probably sit and eat with publicans and sinners just like He did when He first came to the earth. Pastors must have the vision to reach the children, the poor, and the outcasts as he starts his new church. These new believers that no one cared about can become the most loyal and faithful supporters of the church. 
It will be gratifying at that first Sunday morning service to look out over your congregation and reflect upon the testimonies of these new converts that no one loved. If you are a soul-winner you will be able to rejoice over the trophies of grace that sit before you. Realistically there will be some who have joined your church that were already saved. However, there should be several that can testify that you led them to the Lord from a life of sin and that they are where they are today because you, like Jesus, loved those that had been discarded and rejected and seen as junk and an eyesore. Amidst the junkyard of this world there are trophies of grace to be found.