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Summary: A look at the Apostle Paul’s conversion.

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Text: Acts 9:1-9 Sean Smuts

Subject: Salvation

Theme: Salvation through Christ

From Humbug to Hallelujah!

Introduction: We all require salvation at one point or another.

(Illus.) Scrooge

(Illus.) George Bailey (It’s A Wonderful Life)

Explanation:

1. Studied under Gamaliel, a member of the Sanhedrin; honored by all people; teacher of the law

2. Saul at Stephen’s Stoning

3. Persecuted Church (scattering) "...Saul begin to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison." (8:3)

Proposition: We can all receive salvation.

T.S. We can all receive salvation through Christ by adopting the traits of Saul in the passage.

I. Humility (vs. 8-9)

1. Saul (blinding and leading around)

2. Scrooge (forced humility upon him)

3. George Bailey (over-humble)

4. Application (Illus.) Myself (Conversion {Church} )

II. Respect (vs. 5)

1. Saul ("Who are you, Lord?")

2. Scrooge ("Spirit")

3. George Bailey

4. Application:

III. Reflection (vs. 5)

1. Saul

2. Scrooge

3. George Bailey

4. Application: Lucado, Six Hours, One Friday, 73-74

Conclusion: Therefore, we can all receive salvation through Christ by adopting the traits of Saul in the passage.

(Illus.) Myself (Conversion Part 2 {Concert} )


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