This week Rob McArthur spoke the third part in the series Amongst Giants.
A sermon is a word of grace to a hurting world by a broken heart.
Paul fought for freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of belief. That, that Jesus died for.
The gospel is inclusive.
Bad stuff happens to good people.
Joseph said, “You meant to harm but God allowed it for good.” Job was an innocent man who suffered. Paul had rough times – 39 lashes, beaten, danger at sea, danger from bandits – many of these things more than once.
Stephen martyred (Acts 7) with approval from Saul who then went on to persecute the church (Acts 8) and then the stunning reversal on the Damascus road (Acts 9).
“All power on heaven and earth is given to me” – Jesus. (Matt 28:18)
Acts 9 was an example of Jesus using that power through grace. It took a man whose own threats brought fear to the lives of those around him to someone whose life was compelled by the love of Christ. Paul was so transformed. A life that changed the world.
Slavery & exploitation Philemon 16
Gentiles Acts 9:15 & Acts 22:21
Equality (God has no favourites) Gal 3:28, Rom 2:11
Care & Compassion Rom 15:26 & 27
Leadership 1 Thes 5:12 – 15, 1 Tim 5:17 – 25
Example Phil 4:9, 1 Cor 11:1
Forgiveness (as opposed to revenge)Eph 4:32, Col 3:13, 2 Tim 4:14
Paul changed our view of God through Grace & Faith.
“I don’t need to be anyone but me, because God reached down to me.” Rob M
Jesus so changed Pauls life that it changed the world – Jesus became central in power, suffering and nature. Jesus is Lord, and master and the church is the body of Christ.
Jesus said “I will build My church”
If the ways of God are shrouded in mystery, they are clothed in purpose.
God can break into our world and can change all antagonistic views.