Horseshoes and Hand Grenades – 9/29/19 AM

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Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Acts 27:28 Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Intro:

A. The Testimony of Paul’s Salvation– vs. 1-23

He told about his childhood – vs. 4

He told about his commitment – vs. 5

He told about his conflict – vs. 9-11

He told about his commission – vs. 12

He told about his confrontation – vs. 13-18

He told about his conversion – vs. 19, 20

 

B. The Truth of Paul’s Story – vs. 24-27

Paul insisted that he spoke the words of TRUTH AND SOBERNESS.

Paul insisted that Agrippa KNEW he was speaking the truth.

Paul insisted that Agrippa had already heard this story before; that this was not the first time.

Paul insisted that Agrippa had heard the prophets and JUST HAD to believe them.

Their prophecies had been foretold.

Their prophecies had been fulfilled.

Their prophecies had been factual.

Paul insisted – I KNOW THAT THOU BELIEVEST!

 

C. The Tragedy of Paul’s Soulwinning – vs. 28

The tragedy that Paul’s preaching was persuasive, but not persuasive enough.

The tragedy was that Agrippa got close to being saved, but he never got saved.

He got close – he ALMOST got saved, but ALMOST only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Here are three men in the New Testament that got as close as you can get but didn’t get saved.

 

I. Judas Iscariot

  • Mark 14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

Judas was handpicked by Jesus Christ to follow Him.

He walked with him for 3 ½ years.

He heard every message Jesus ever preached.

He saw every miracle that Jesus ever saw.

He witnessed every transformed life that ever resulted in the ministry of Jesus.

He personally witnessed the perfect, sinless life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He ate with him.

He lived with him.

He worked with him.

He saw everything, heard everything, participated in everything, but he NEVER GOT SAVED.

He got close, but ALMOST only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

 

II. The Thief on the Cross

He was close enough to see Jesus.

He was close enough to hear Jesus.

He was close enough to have a conversation with Jesus.

He was close enough to watch another sinner have a conversation with Jesus.

He was close enough to watch Jesus have compassion and mercy on a sinner.

He was close enough to hear the sinner’s prayer.

He was close enough to hear Jesus give that sinner assurance of his forgiveness.

He was close enough to hear Jesus pray, Father forgive them…

He was close enough to see the priceless, saving blood of Jesus flowing down Calvary’s cross.

He was close enough to actually see the perfect lamb of God make atonement for his sins.

He got close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

He was close enough to hear the soldier say, “Never man spake like this man!”

He was close enough to witness the darkness and the earthquake when Jesus died.

He was close enough to get saved, but he didn’t get saved.

He got close, but ALMOST only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!

 

III. King Agrippa

King Agrippa was close enough to hear Paul’s passionate testimony of salvation.

He was close enough to ask questions.

He was close enough to get answers.

He was close enough to be convinced of Paul’s innocence in verse 31.

He was close enough to one of the most anointed preachers that ever lived, that he was ALMOST PERSUADED!!

But almost isn’t enough.

He got close – he ALMOST got saved, but ALMOST only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!

 

Conclusion:

There will be a lot of people in Hell that got close, but didn’t get in.

They were close to the church, but they didn’t go.

They were friends with the pastor, but they didn’t listen to what he said.

They had a Bible, but they didn’t read it.

They went to the altar, but nothing happened.

They gave God their money, but they didn’t give Him their heart.

They got on the bus, but they didn’t get on board with this salvation business.

They were close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

They were married to a Christian, but they never actually became one.

Their parents were saved, but they never got saved.

Their children told them that Jesus would save them, but they never listened.