Would you take God's Word this morning please and turn to Titus chapter 2, and in a moment we'll begin reading in verse 11. Before we begin to read, I want to tell you what happened many years ago. There was a young man named John, a boy whose mother died when John was 6 years old. He was orphaned from his mother. His father was a sailor, a sea-faring man. He sailed the Mediterranean. And when John was only 11 he began to sail with his father. He himself became a sailor at the age of 11. He fell in with the wrong crowd, got into such wickedness, such sin, such vileness, such debauchery that his own father disowned him. John sank lower and lower into vileness and sin. Finally, he got into the slave trade and began to be a slaver and to sell slaves and, to deliver slaves to England.
And then after awhile, John went down so deep into debauchery and sin that he himself became a slave of slaves. He hit the very bottom. Sane godly people saw John and began to witness to him. They gave him something to read. Among the things they gave him to read was a book by Sir Thomas a Kempis called The Imitation of Christ. He read it, almost in jest, but he read it. And the Spirit of God began to work in his heart and touch his heart. And then one day, while he was on deck of a ship, there was a great storm that came, a violent storm. And it looked like the ship was going to go down. Newton was on the deck of that ship, John Newton, when a wave came and just swept him off the deck of the ship into the ocean, into the briny deep. In a moment, a horrible, terrifying moment, his entire life just passed before him. He saw his wickedness, he saw his sin. He felt himself sinking down into hell. And then another wave came and flayed him up and put him right back on the deck of that ship. It was enough. It brought him to salvation. He cried out to God for mercy. He was gloriously saved. At the age of 39 God called John Newton into the ...
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