Taunton Baptist Church - Sermon: #3 Witness and Evangelisation

Sermon: #3 Witness and Evangelisation

Acts 26:19 - 26:29

Revd Richard Matcham on 12th June 2022

Summary

The final instalment of exploring the Baptist Declaration of Principle: Witness and Evangelisation.

One of the key texts is Acts 26:19-29. King Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great (from the Nativity stories) hears the Apostle Paul tell his story, in the process asks Paul a very important question in verse 28 that should give us confidence that we are playing a long ball game in the context of personal witness and global evangelisation: “Do you think that in such a short space of time you can persuade me to become a Christian?”

Acts 26:19 - 26:29

19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

(ESV)