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The Conversion of Saul (5 of 19)
What do you consider the number one reason people don't share their faith? FEAR!
Fear of Rejection - What if I loose this relationship?
Fear of Ignorance - What if they ask me something I can't answer?
Fear of Fear - What if I get nervous and make a fool of myself?
Yet - without controversy the one word that we could use to describe the early Christian community would be FEARLESS. They preached Christ in the face of rejection, the risk of being ostracized, even the reality of death numerous times. What enabled them to be bold as lions? What did they know that we do not?
I believe the source of their boldness was an overwhelming sense that they were perfectly designed for the task at hand.
Have you ever done something and had that deep inward sense that - I was born for this?
I believe that is exactly how they felt as they shared their faith - despite the rejection they incurred.
I'd like to show today - that you to were born for the great commission.
INTRODUCTION: The Purpose of the Book of Acts is to recount how this fledgling faith called, ''Christianity'' became a world wide phenomenon seemingly overnight.
The church is poised and motivated to take the Gospel into all the world. It only lacks the proper leader. That brings us to the next major section of the book of Acts that begins with the conversion of this man Saul of Tarsus. Saul (who later became Paul) was a very unique character.
He says of himself - Galatians 1:15 (NASB95)
15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace…
Whatever God's plan was for Saul - it did not begin at his conversion on the road to Damascus. But rather - it had been ongoing throughout his life. Even when Paul did not know Christ, he was under the providential care and guidance of Christ… being prepared for something bigger than life.
In this man Saul the three significa ...
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