It Just Makes Sense
Key Scriptures: Acts 26:19-29
Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and prove their repentance by their deeds.
That is why the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen, that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.
At this point Festus (who was also there) interrupted Paul’s defense and said with a loud voice, Paul, you are out of your mind! All this learning is driving you insane! But Paul replied, “I am not insane, most noble Festus, what I am saying is true and reasonable. The King is familiar with these things and I am convinced that none of these things has escaped his attention, because it was not done in a corner.
King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” And Paul said, I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.
Lesson One: We must decide to surrender to God.
Galatians 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Lesson Two: We must decide to be vulnerable with people.
1 Peter 5:8, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Lesson Three: We must decide to connect to God’s house.
1 Peter 4:10, Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
John 10:10, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.