Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Acts 26:19

OBEDIENT TO A HEAVENLY VISION

Jan 24, 1965 pm

WE SEE TOO MUCH TODAY IN OUR CHURCHES OF JUST AVERAGE INSTEAD OF INSPIRED LIVING

It is not enough to just live - you need to contribute something to better mankind.  To live life to its fullest you need Christ as your Saviour -- to live the Christian life to the fullest you need a heavenly vision of your purpose, and you need to be obedient to that heavenly vision.

PAUL'S TESTIMONY BEFORE KING AGRIPPA (Acts 9:5-7, 15)

PAUL RECOUNTED THE TESTIMONY AND SAID HE WAS NOT DISOBEDIENT (Acts 26:19)

PAUL TOLD HOW HE WAS SENT TO THE GENTILES (13:47-48)

This was what so angered the Jews wherever he went - new and different idea - to the Gentiles

PAUL'S WEAKNESS KEPT GETTING HIM IN TROUBLE

Do not despise the Apostle because he was human, but he still had his own desires

PAUL'S BURDEN FOR HIS OWN BRETHREN WAS TREMENDOUS (Romans 9:1-3)

PAUL WAS DETERMINED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE JEWS (Acts 17:1-3 and others)

His custom was to always seek a synagogue - in Thessalonica he did- (17:1-3).  He did so also in Corinth - (18:4) and many other places.  In place after place God gave him souls, the a riot to chase him to the Gentiles.

PAUL WAS DETERMINED TO PREACH IN JERUSALEM

At the end of his second journey he rushed to Jerusalem with a vow (18:18 & 21).  At the end of his third, he went headlong to Jerusalem against warnings - (21:4,11 also 21:26, 22:18-21).  God gave him the desire of his heart, and also his desire to go to Rome (Rom 1:8-14)

WHAT TESTIMONY WOULD YOU GIVE BEFORE THE KINGS OF EARTH?

HAVE YOU HAD A REAL VISION OF CHRIST, OR THE NEED OF THE WORLD, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO?

Don't expect to be knocked to the ground, but consider 1 Peter 1:8,9.  We need a good vision of the lost condition of the world -  "Untold Millions"---  We need a passion - for souls (cf hymn 422), Paul had his passion and God's both - we have neither.

HAVE YOU HAD THE FAITHULNESS TO BE OBEDIENT TO THE VISION?

If you don't win a soul the first month after you are saved, you probably won't ever.  It takes discipline to be a disciple, sacrifice to be a soulwinner - it costs to serve Jesus.

WE NEED YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS WITH REAL VISION TODAY - S.S. - Robert Raikes, America-

This church - results of a vision, the CE Building, Jim Forrest and Alice Jones, more needed!  Tracts, visitation program, young married couples class, Junior Church, choir, Bible memory -- we need people who can have a great vision of what their lives can accomplish and do it.

SOMEDAY WE SHALL ALL GIVE ACCOUNT OF OURSELVES BEFORE THE HEAVENLY KING... WHAT SHALL WE ANSWER WHEN HE JUDGES US BY THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL?