Summary: When the world hears the testimony of the redeemed saints of God, they think we have gone crazy!
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell point Baptist Church
Dec 30, 2012
I’M NOT CRAZY, I’M SAVED
Intro: Allow me to set the scene before us of this marvelous text.
• The great Apostle Paul/King Agrippa and his wife/Bernice
• Outstanding leaders of both Jews and Roman Govt.
• Roman Governor Festus/5 Regiments were/in Caesarea
• So their 5 Regimental Commanders/in attendance.
• The elect/elite/intelligentsia/sophisticates/full regalia.
• “Audience Room” in the Palace in Caesarea.
The pomp and pageantry
• State function/filled/fanfare/blowing of trumpets.
• Tapestry/tinsel filled the hall.
• Gold braids/brass hats/Roman Empire.
Here comes Paul
• Let this stir your imagination.
• The great throne room doors swing open.
• Prisoner in chains/ushered in the colorful scene.
• dressed/garb/prisoner/chained/two guards.
• Before all this glitter/pomp/glory of the world.
So, King Agrippa in charge, tells Paul to speak….
Remember Paul is not on trial, not making a defense before Agrippa, he is preaching the gospel.
• Uses/setting/opportunity to share his salvation testimony.
• What would you have done with that audience?
When these pagan rulers hear what Paul is testifying about
• all that happened to him
• what the Savior he claims to serve has called him to do
• Festus speaks up and calls Paul a “mad man”.
He tells Paul all/his education/learning/driven him over the edge!
He says, in effect, “Paul, you’ve lost your mind! You’re a lunatic! You’re crazy!”
You’re two fries short of a Happy Meal,
You’re a few shades beyond blond,
Paul, the wheel is spinning, but the hamster's dead,
Paul There's a rip in your marble bag,
You’re as crazy as a monkey on a tricycle,
You haven't got both oars in the water,
You’re knitting with only one needle.
You get the idea, right?
• He says, “Paul, You’ve gone crazy!
• You’re mad as a hatter!”
• That is a colloquial phase signifying a crazy person.
• It means “to rave, to be mad, to be out of one’s mind.”
Mania is defined as:
Obsession; an excessive and intense interest in or enthusiasm for something. A psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive physical activity, rapidly changing ideas and impulsive behavior.
When these pagans hear what Paul/before he met Jesus Christ
• what happened to him when he met Jesus Christ
• what he is saying about Christ now
• what he is doing for God’s glory now
• They concluded that he’s gone absolutely, stark raving mad!
• They think he is crazy!
When Paul hears this charge he responds by saying, “I’m not crazy, I’m saved!”