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Acts2 - RN101-24 Paul C Conversion of Saul(chap 9 The...

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RN101-24, 12/7/06. Paul C. Conversion of Saul (chap. 9) The Pharisee persecutor of Christians, stoner of Stephen, becomes the “Apostle to the Gentiles” The experience of conversion: blindness, insight An apostle who is “untimely born,” who did not know Jesus, who is not from Palestine, who is long viewed with suspicion by the Jewish Jerusalem church, but who as apostle to the Gentiles becomes the vanguard of the Christian movement. D. Conversion of Cornelius, “a centurion of the Italian cohort” (Acts 10; see also Luke 7: 1–10) “Godfearer” drawn to Israel, gives alms, prays constantly, is directed to Peter Peter’s dream: “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” Cornelius attempts to worship Peter, who refuses: “Stand up, I am only a mortal” and Peter’s awareness, “I understand that God shows no partiality, but that in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable.” Brief sermon that sums up kerygma : 10: 34–43. “Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.” Glossalalia, a second Pentecost: for Gentiles as well as Jews. Baptism of Cornelius and his household: first the Ethiopian eunuch, then the “Italian cohort” Roman centurion. E. Conversion of a Jewish faith: Jerusalem Council (chap. 15)
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I Introduction Amazing grace ! how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed. Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; ‘tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home (John Newton, d. 1807) You all know this song; it’s become a kind of national anthem. (9/11 observations) Written by a man who made a fortune as a slave trader, and then had a conversion: “saw the light.” Result of a dramatic 180 degree turn-around: once was lost, but now am found/ was blind but now I see. And what is the agent of this transformation? Grace Grace – the unmerited favor of God Divine intervention Salvation given, not earned Notion that God’s favor cannot be achieved, earned, merited through righteous living, doing of the Law It can only be received: the gift of God to people who do not deserve it Romans 5: 6–10 (NOAB 250) 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.
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