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Sermon Outline - The Almost Christian, Acts ch.26 vv.28-29

Date08/02/2004
Time18:30
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleThe Almost Christian
TextActs ch.26 vv.28-29
Sermon ID770

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Introduction

  1. Paul is now a prisoner
  2. This interview - the persons present
  3. Paul's testimony here
    APPLICATION: Be ready to give your testimony.
  1. THERE ARE SOME WHO ARE "ALMOST CHRISTIANS"

    1. See what Agrippa says: "Almost ---",
      1. Q. Was he serious/sarcastic?
        A. I think serious - see Paul's answer here.
      2. It is a foolish think to jest about God.
      3. Surely, Paul's words affected him.
        APPLICATION: Do not despise a "word in season", See how Peter puts it: "Be ready ---".
    2. What was the reason why Agrippa was affected?
      1. v.25: Paul's respect, courtesy, character.
      2. v.26: The gospel was not "done in a corner".
      3. v.27: Agrippa knew the OT scriptures. APPLICATION
      4. v.27: Paul's love and zeal for souls,
        OBSERVE: The gospel touches people - even those whom we might not expect. APPLICATION: Have you met an "almost Christian"?
  2. THE "ALMOST CHRISTIAN" IS NOT YET SAVED

    1. Agrippa was affected - but not yet saved if ever he was. It was Common Grace.
      APPLICATION: Do you know the difference?
    2. A person might go quite far and not be saved -
      1. The mind might feel the truth of the gospel message.
      2. The conscience might be stirred with fear.
      3. The will might be inclined to yield.
        ILLUSTRATION: a battering ram on a wall.
      4. A measure of the Spirit "striving".
        See Hebrews 6: certain effects of the Spirit
    3. But he is not yet converted - needs to have something more. See Christ's words: "Thou art not far from the Kingdom".
      OBSERVE: I have known people to show great promise for a time...then fall back or even become harder than before.
      APPLICATION: Are you an "almost Christian"?
  3. THE LORD'S PEOPLE WOULD DEARLY LOVE ALL TO BECOME FULLY CONVERTED AND TO HAVE THEIR JOY

    1. See Paul's love and prayer: "-not almost but altogether - except these bonds."
      OBSERVE: All the blessings; none of the trials.
      APPLICATION: See how kind the gospel makes people.
    2. What is it to be "altogether persuaded"?
      1. To understand the danger of a sinner.
      2. To be persuaded of God's love as that is shown in the Cross of Christ.
      3. The inward persuasion that the gospel is true and the Bible inspired.
      4. A willingness to profess Christ before others by life and lip.
    3. So the "Almost Christian" is not yet safe:
      1. Illustration: a man overboard - the rope thrown.
      2. a man bitten by a serpent - will he look to the remedy? (Jn. 3:14-15).
      3. he has leprosy - will he do as the prophet says? (Naaman).

CONCLUSION

"A miss is as good as a mile".


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