by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Acts 9:1-30

I find it hard to keep up with words and phrases and
their meanings today. I hear somebody say, "Man,
you're bad." Where I came from when you said somebody
was bad they probably belonged in a jail. But today
when somebody says you are bad that means you're
pretty cool dude. Then I hear people say, "You're
'the bomb.'" When I used to hear people talking about
a bomb I started looking for a shelter. Today when
they say you're the bomb that means you are really
something else. A term I have heard in recent days to
describe what it means to have a personal salvation
experience is say he is "radically saved." When I
came along we used different terminology. We talked
about a conversion experience. We talked about an
experience of grace. But I hear more and more people
today saying about someone, "He is radically saved."

I looked up the word "radical." Before I accept this
I have to find out what that word "radical" means.
One of the definitions I found was "an extreme change
of views and habits." So to be "radically saved"
means that a person has had an extreme change of views
and habits. There have been, according to that
definition, some people who have been ""radically
saved" throughout the history of the Christian church.

I have told you about the salvation experience of St.
Augustine, after whom the city is named. I have told
you about the experience of John Wesley. Both of
those in that terminology could be described as
"radically saved." The conversion experience of
Charles Colson we would say that this man was
"radically saved." We have people in our congregation
who have had such an experience. I saw George Contois
this morning coming in. George was a person who was
"radically saved." By his own definitions he was not
an alcoholic, he was just an old drunk. He met the
Lord Jesus Christ watch ...

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