SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS


Almost
Richard A. Bradley
Acts 26:24-31


Acts 26:24-31

24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, ''Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!''
25 But he said, ''I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.
26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.''
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, ''You almost persuade me to become a Christian.''
29 And Paul said, ''I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.''
30 When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them;
31 and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, ''This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.''

As you know Paul was arrested in the Temple and brought up on false charges. As he defended himself before the Sanhedrin, because he was a Roman citizen, he was taken into custody by Roman soldiers. Taken to Caesarea, He was permitted to present his case to Felix, the governor, and then to Festus who succeeded him. Eventually, Paul got the opportunity to stand before King Agrippa and his wife, Bernice. It was then that he gave the king his testimony of how he became a believer on the Damascus Road.

Agrippa made a very familiar statement in response to Paul's testimony. This statement has been repeated countless numbers of times by multitudes of people since Paul's defense before the king. It may even sound familiar to you.

Actually we only need to examine one word in this statement. The word ''almost'' is one of the Bible's most enlightening words.

ALMOST: ''The meaning of the word''

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