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Simon The Zealot -- A Man On Fire (11 of 13)
12 Men Who Changed The World
INTRO: I want you to take your Bible's now this morning and be finding your place at Luke chapter 6 if you would. We are quickly coming to the conclusion of a series of character studies that we began back in February on the 12 men that Jesus called to come after Him, learn from Him, be transformed by Him and then be sent out by Him to totally change the world. And of course, we're talking about the 12 men who are known as the "12 disciples" or the "12 apostles."
Now, this morning we come to one of the most interesting of the 12 disciples, even though the only thing that we know about him is his name, but nonetheless that one little piece of information paints for us a picture of a man who was on fire for Jesus. This was a man who was converted for a purpose and consumed with a passion for His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His name was Simon the Zealot.
But before we start digging into the life of this man by the name of Simon this morning - when I was growing up as a 5, 6, and 7 year old boy, one of my favorite things to do was to go with my grandparents to a really special hotel and restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now, this place was special for several reasons. One reason was that it was just a really neat place to be. The food was great, and you would even order what you wanted to eat by the destination of your train. You would tell the waiter, "I want to go to New Orleans" or "I want to go to New York" or "I want to go to St. Louis." And depending upon what city you picked as your destination that determined what your meal was going to be. But also, the way the building was made with all of the wrought iron and pictures on the wall and hanging ferns was cool too. So, it was just a neat place to be. Another reason that this place was so special is because there was actually a song that was written about it. I didn't know at the tim ...
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