Summary: Examining the Unforgettable Moment of conversion in the life of a believer.
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There are certain moments in life that are simply “unforgettable”. Many of you remember where you were when certain events happened. Events like:
o The attack on Pearl Harbor.
o The assassination of John F. Kennedy.
o The resignation of Richard Nixon.
o The attempted assassination of President Reagan.
o The explosion of space shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
o The terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001
I remember the first time I laid eyes on my wife (3 ½ years later she saw me!).
I remember the days that both my girls were born.
I remember the first time I ever preached in this church.
There are many events throughout our lives that we will never forget. The reason is that these events in some way change us. There is another day in my life that I will never forget. It was the day that changed me forever. I am referring to the day that I was born again. It was Sunday December 7th, 1997 at approximately 6:15 PM.
Do you remember the day you were saved? Can you tell me the time? Can you take me to the place? If you have truly been saved then yes you can. You may not remember the exact date and time but you remember that moment of conversion.
In our selected text we have an account where Paul is making a defense of his faith. In these verses he recalls the moment that changed his life forever. In fact, God did such a work on Paul that day that it had an impact on the entire world! I would like to join Paul as he shares his testimony of what Jesus did in his life. Let’s consider the thought “Unforgettable Moments”
1. Paul had been worshipping in the temple, when he was falsely accused of bringing a Gentile inside the temple - 21:27-29
2. A riot ensued - 21:30-31
3. The captain of the Roman guard broke up the riot, and bound Paul with chains - 21: 34
4. Paul asked the captain for an opportunity to speak up - 21: 39-40
5. Paul then shared his personal testimony - Acts 22:1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
As Paul shares his story there are 3 “Unforgettable Moments” that he describes. He speaks of:
• His Condition
• His Conversion
• His Calling
I would like to look at Paul’s testimony and ask 3 questions today. The first one is:
I. DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR CONDITION? - v3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.