Summary: a sermon on how we almost are christians and we try to convince to surrender to Christ when often we haven’t surrendered totally to Christ ourselves.
Almost You Convince Me
27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”
28Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
29And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”
30When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them;
This week I lamented. I was sorrowful all week because I really for the first time realized a terrible truth that there are many people, in fact too many to count, who are unsaved and they are going to hell. But preacher it is not our place to judge. I am not judging I am stating a fact that the Bible tells me. I heard on the radio this week these words. There are many ways to God and Jesus is just one way. That Brothers and Sisters is an incorrect statement, a false doctrine that Satan is trying to get even the Christian to believe. In fact the Christians who oppose that statement are ostracized by today’s society for being to radical, to fundamental, to unconforming and to unwilling to bend their principles to go along with everyone else. It is not about being conforming it is about being confrontational. Do we believe what the Bible teaches or do we believe what the world holds to right now and tomorrow. Those who believe that there are many ways to God are following a false teaching and therefore according to Jesus they are going to Hell.
As I watched the decadence this week on T.V., and listened to the sickness of society on the radio, and discussed with my students this week why drugs, alcohol and sex has such an attraction for them I realized that here even here in the belt buckle of the Bible Belt there are for too many lost souls in danger of going to hell if no one carries the Gospel to them. Every day someone who is lost dies and goes to hell around us. We may not know them, but we may have met them at the store, in the post office, on the street, at a ball game or in passing and we did not take the time to share Jesus with them. Many of us ignore these dead souls who are in our work place, on the street, in our neighborhoods and even in our very own families. Wait a minute maybe the word ignore is to harsh a word maybe the better word is overlooked them because we are to busy to realize that they are in desperate need of spiritual C.P.R. Yes those who are unsaved are dead. Their souls have not been quickened by the Holy Spirit and no matter what Buddha or Mohammad or anyone else says the Bible plainly tells us where there souls are going if they never ever have a true salvation experience with our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ. They are destined to go to Hell. There will be no second chances after death. Death is the dividing line of where you decide where you will spend eternity. If you die without Jesus as your Lord and Savior hell is your reward.
Now we are responsible for those people who are unsaved that God places in our path. God saved us to use us and He places people who are unsaved in our lives so that we can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. But today we use excuses as to why we don’t share the Gospel. I don’t know what to say is the most commonly used excuse. But excuses want stand before God, because if we are willing to serve God will provide the words we need. Also we can study God’s word more and think about what it says and apply it to our life. Paul did this. Sharing the Gospel became so much a part of his life that even in court he shared Jesus with Agrippa.
Paul had been arrested. The Jews want him dead. They even tried to ambush him to kill him. Yet through all this Paul continued to find ways to witness for Jesus. Even though his life was in danger he still spread the Good News. Here Paul was before Agrippa and Paul instead of trying to get off was witnessing to Agrippa. The Bible does not record every word that was said but I believe that Paul worked the Gospel Message into the conversation. That is how I see Paul, a man who loved his master so much that he just had to talk about Him all the time.