DATE: 7 Jan, 2001 AM
PLACE: BBC Blarney
The life of the Apostle Paul was caught-up with one main purpose – the
winning of the lost
Now he had a secondary purpose, and that was the training of those new
converts, so that THEY would also go out and win the lost – AMEN!
Paul is in chains, standing before a king, a queen, a huge court full of
onlookers, and curious folks, watching this little Jew walk up before the
He seems to be calm – not nervous, or put out by the large crowd – he
seems rather to enjoy the pressure
He has been on a long journey so far. And he is not finishing yet. This
is just another one of the many witnessing opportunities that God had placed in
his lap, and Paul was going to get as much mileage out of the situation as
And so he does – He shows us in plain words, how to persuade lost folks
to get saved – to repent and get born again!
If each one of us are to win one person to Christ, then we better pay
close attention to how it is done!
Message – How
to Persuade Folks to Get Saved (Acts
You Need a Testimony to Give Out (Acts 26:1-20)
importantly, don’t be ashamed
joyous time of a Christian’s life should be the presentation of the love of
their life – and Paul was excited to talk about Jesus
Gates – about his company
stars – love to talk about their new album
– about their Saviour
people with your past (26:4-11) – show your reality, your realness
- Or atheistic
were you like?
glorify your past, and its sinfulness
that Paul is not bringing up a bunch of sinful habits and acts and parading them
before the hearers
showing especially his goodness to show how lost he was
don’t need to say how filthy we are for people to be convinced
to know that the “good” people are going to hell
explain how God got your attention (26:12-18)
identify the point where you surrendered, and got saved (26:19)
repented – surrendered to the rightness of God as a sinner
accepted Jesus as already having taken your place and punishment
that Paul gave his testimony everywhere he went (26:20), even from the very
start of his new life – it helped him grow
you are hindering your own growth because of pride
you are living a lie – your friends think you are no different
needs to sit down, pray, and write it out, and then give it out
Get Over Your Past and have a Different Life – a Christian Life (Acts
Different Life – changed, new
definitely different – are YOU any different? You are not saved if you are not
been torturing the Christians
trying to get everybody to become Christians
the greatest identifying mark of a believer (1Cor 6:9-11)
Hard-Working Life – do you see the energy level of this guy?
to the gentiles – the whole world
the Gospel, and a life of GOOD WORKS for God once saved – if you have
repented, it will show by your efforts!
Sacrificial Life – all for others! YOU WILL NEVER FIND JOY OUTSIDE OF SERVING
AND GIVING, no matter the cost (26:21)!
Be Able to Rest in the Lord (Acts 26:22a; Lk 12:11,12; Cf 2Tim 2:1)
no testimony if it does not counter-act the pressures of life
no walk with God if we collapse under the weight of sins
nothing this world wants if we do not have REST
we face, we are being watched, and need to hold on to the things that Christ has
brought into our lives that will over-power our troubles and persecutions (Paul
was HATED by his own family)!
Spirit of God
Promises of God
of God – nothing is happening by accident
Have a Message to Preach (Acts 26:22b-23)
Bible – notice, saying no new doctrines, or new revelation that first wasn’t
in the Old Testament Bible! WOW! Could YOU do that? The key is to just PREACH
the contents of this Book!
suffering – forget the suffering of the world – we have the cure
and truth belongs to everyone – not that he is a good teacher, but that He is
the ONLY way to heaven!
don’t preach ANYTHING else, and we don’t USE ANY OTHER BIBLE than God’s
preserved word, the King James Bible!
Have a Goal to Reach (Acts 26:24-27)
the Top People not with education, or reformation, but salvation
– a KING!
and his palace – we will see how this works out in a moment
never put off by targeting the biggest sinners, or the biggest politicians (same
Everybody Possible (Acts 20:18-21)
on Target – this is probably, the probably our biggest problem
can’t stand the pressure – you could cut the stress with a knife
tries to cover for Agrippa – stop him from having to respond to this preacher
will throw everything at you when you are getting close to decision-time (kids,
phone, mobile, husband, wife, power going off).
stays on target – presses for a decision
believe the Bible don’t you?
now what it is all about, don’t you?
you going to do?
Have Patience (Acts 26:28-30) – it is God’s business you are in!
almost got saved, but didn’t. Sad. He is in hell this minute, and his name is
eternally recorded in the Bible, but not in the Book of Life!
though Agrippa didn’t get saved, others did, and others will (Acts 17:32-34;
Have a Testimony – sit down, pray, and write it out, and then give it out
Have a Different Life Now - a Christian Life
Rest in the Lord – draw your confidence from Him
Have a Message to Preach from the Bible about Jesus
Have a Goal to Reach – not education, or reformation, but salvation
Have Patience - it is the work of the Holy Spirit you must wait on