What's Your Story?
Acts 25:22; 26:12-23
October 14, 2007
INTRODUCTION: This passage is the story of a man "changed forever" by the gospel. The gospel is the good news that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose on the third day!
1 Corinthians 15:1-4, "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures"
Note the emphasis:
"You received" "in which you stand" "which also you are saved" "which also I received" "died for our sins"
Paul's story may be summarized as follows. He was a devout, zealous Jew, even to the extreme of persecuting Christians, whom He believed perverted Judaism; the nationalistic religion of the land of Israel. Jesus Christ, whose appearance to Paul proved His resurrection, sovereignly changed his life and called him both to salvation and to the ministry. Paul, thereafter, preached the gospel of grace to the Gentiles, thus placing them on a spiritual par with the Jews. Because of that, some jealous Jews tried to kill him, and that is why he stood before Agrippa that day.
The gospel tells God's story of what Christ did and how He calls to salvation by a sovereign act of God that demands and incorporates human response.
Listen to a story from the 19th Century.
D.L. Moody – newly converted teenager
"I remember the morning on which I came out of my room after I had first trusted Christ. I thought the old sun shone a good deal brighter than it ever had before. I thought it was just smiling upon me; and as I walked out upon Boston Commons and heard the birds singing in the trees, I thought they were all singing ...
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