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Pastor’s Message Summary, June, 2019

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The story of Saul’s/Paul’s conversion is recorded three times in the Book of Acts (see Acts 9:1-31, 22:1-22, 26:1-23). “Saul” was his Hebrew name, and “Paul” was his Roman name. He was known as “Saul” before his conversion and early on in his Christian walk, but later he became know as “Paul the Apostle.” Saul was a religious Jew who vehemently rejected the claims of Jesus Christ, and fiercely opposed this new, rising sect called “Christianity.” Sine he sincerely believed that Jesus was dead, and that Christians were trying to introduce some new God–he felt justified in using murder and any means of persecution necessary to stamp out this growing movement. God used a disciple name Ananias to announce to Saul the apostolic commission that he was receiving directly from the exalted Lord Himself. Saul/Paul would be the Lord’s chosen vessel to bear the name of Jesus before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. He would be a witness of all that he had seen and heard, and all that the Lord would yet reveal to him. God was sending him to the Gentiles to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and to turn them from the power of Satan to God, and to let them know of God’s offer of forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ our Living Lord. He went from persecutor to preacher–because of the radical change that Jesus made in his life. Though the circumstances of each person’s conversion to Christ are unique and special, here’s nine ways that we can apply Saul’s/Paul’s story of conversion to our lives. First, be faithful to Christ even when things don’t turn out right in your life. Secondly, tell and re-tell stories of salvation. Third, be ready for persecution. Fourth, God uses p people to evangelize and disciple others. Fifth, believe that God can save anybody. Sixth, like Saul/Paul, be obedient to the heavenly vision/commission that the Lord gives to us. Seventh, let’s always believe for and expect the miraculous. Eighth, may converts be baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit! Ninth, may we prepare for the Lord’s call on our lives by spending time at the feet of Jesus. Pastor Keith Short

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