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Living Your Life

With the End in Mind

Acts Series: “Completely Irreligious, Yet Radically Christian” Part 33

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters

compared to what lies within us.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pastor Jeff Christopherson

August 31, 2003

Acts 21-28

HOW TO I LIVE WITH THE END IN MIND?

1. By Facing the fact that there is an End.

“After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

2. By Following God’s Agenda.

“The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.’” Acts 23:11

“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26-17-18

3. By Frequent ‘Conscience Checks.’

“Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, ‘My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.’” Acts 23:1

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16

“So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” Acts 26:19

4. By Finding Confidence in Jesus.

(Festus explaining Paul’s ‘crimes’ to Agrippa)

“When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.” Acts 25:18-19

(Paul speaking to Festus about Jesus’ Resurrection)

“What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.” Acts 26:25-26

5. By Forgetting Short-Term Convenience.

(Felix’ response to Paul’s message)

“He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, ‘That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.’” Acts 24:24-25

“Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?’ Paul replied, ‘Short time or long--I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.’” Acts 26:28-29

6. By Finishing on Purpose.

“They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.” Acts 28:23


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