When God Rocks Your World

August 11, 2013 Speaker: Art Reimer Series: Summer Salsa

Topic: Weekend Gathering Message Passage: 1 Timothy 1:15–1:16

No one, anywhere, under any circumstance, is beyond the reach of the gospel!

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16

An Introduction to Saul
He was ________________________to Christianity
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. Acts 9:1-2

For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. Galatians 1:13

Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man....1 Timothy 1:13

He was very _____________________________
I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely jealous for the traditions of my fathers. Galatians 1:14
...as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.” Philippians 3:6

He was _____________________________ and culturally sophisticated
...is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty? Acts 22:25


He was highly__________________________
Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained i the law of our fathers...Acts 22:3

No one is too…

Lost for God to ________________________________
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ Who are you Lord?’ Saul asked. I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, ‘he replied. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do. Acts 9:3-6

We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me” It is hard for you to kick against the goads. Acts 26:14

Evil for God to ___________________________
“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name. “Acts 9:7-16

Scarred for God to _____________________________
...Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on his name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?’ Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
Acts 9:19-22

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