Summary: Are Adventure and Christian Oxymorons. A sermon to challenge believers to have a vision for the CHRISTIAN LIFE.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Acts 9:1-16 II Cor. 11:23-28
On the TV show Jeopardy, they had a category called "Oxymorons". An oxymoron is a combination of words that seem to contradict each other. For example:
Old news, Work party, Hot chili, Peace force, Same difference,
Bad luck, Dull shine, New tradition, Harmless sin, Loose tights,
Dodge Ram, Bitter sweet, Jumbo shrimp, Pretty ugly, Icy hot,
Confirmed atheist, Feather weight, Freezer burn, Mandatory option,
Postal service, Military intelligence, Ill health, Microsoft Works,
You might say, "Pastor, where are you going with this message." Well from a non-Christian point of view, who would put "adventure" and "Christianity" together.
What could be adventurous about sitting in a church, singing songs written 200 years ago, and listening to a boring sermon from the Bible.
Read Acts 9:1-16 and II Cor. 11:23-28
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name¡¦s sake.
2 Cor 11:23-28
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
Now that sounds like an adventure to me.
What does the word "Christian" mean to you.
1. To some it means a stiff, upright, inflexible way of life that is colorless and unbending.
2. To another it means an exciting, surprise filled life of excitement and challenges.
Sir Ernest Shackleton was a British explorer. He was born in Ireland on Feb. 15, 1874. He was educated at Dulwich College and served in the merchant marines. He was also a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. But he is known primarily for his expeditions to Antarctica. He established all kinds of records in exploring this continent at the bottom of the earth.
On one occasion while he was there, he ascended Mount Erebus, a mountain covered with ice, 13,120 feet high. On January 16, 1909, he determined the position of the south magnetic pole.