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How the World's Worst Sinner Became the Church's Greatest Missionary (4 of 6)
Series: Acts--The Church in Action
Introduction: Jesus Christ changes people. That has always been one of the greatest, most convincing proofs of the Gospel. It is ultimately more convincing than signs and miracles. We can explain away miracles, if we have a mind to. It is much harder to explain away a radically transformed life.
One old fellow who had been converted out of drunkenness was asked if he believed in miracles. His response speaks volumes. "I don't know if the Lord still turns water into wine or not. But I know this. In my family, he turned beer into furniture."
The evidence of a changed life was never more clear than in the life of the man we will look at tonight. Paul called himself the chief of sinners. When Jesus Christ took hold of him, he became the church's greatest missionary. His is a powerful testimony.
Lord Littleton, a British skeptic from nearly a hundred years ago, scoured the Bible and the records of history for a way to discredit Christianity. But when he came to the life of Paul, what he found turned the skeptic into a believer. He came away with this conclusion, "The conversion and apostleship of Saint Paul alone, duly considered, was of itself a demonstration sufficient to prove Christianity to be a Divine Revelation."
Tonight let's take a close look at what happened to Paul and the lasting testimony that leaves for our faith two thousand years later. Remember we are working our way through the New Testament. This summer we have paused in Acts in order to take a closer look at some of the key events in the lives of those First Christians. Acts primarily covers the stories of two men: Peter and Paul. Last week we looked at Peter. This week we are introduced to Paul. Our text told what happened. Now let's look at what resulted. Paul's life changed in a number of big ways. The same changes sh ...
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