Sermon Quotes: "The Most Unlikely Convert"

“Frances Thomson’s early life was one dead end after another. He studied for the priesthood but did not complete the course. He studied medicine but failed. He joined the military but was released after one day. He finally became an opium addict in London. But he could not get away from God’s persistent love for him. In the midst of his despondency Thomson was befriended by an associate who saw his poetic gifts, and eventually Thomson was able to share his experience in verse.” Kent Hughes

"I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears

I hid from Him, and under running laughter

Down Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,

From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.

But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbed pace, Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,

They beat-and a Voice beat

More instant than the Feet-‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.’" Frances Thompson

“Saul’s experience on the road to Damascus is the most famous conversion story in church history.” John Stott

“Paul had recognized that if this menacing Christian “Way” were true, it would shatter his world. He found the meaning of his life and his ‘righteousness’ in meticulous Mosaic law-keeping. So much so that he called himself ‘blameless’ in this law (Phil. 3:6). Among his contemporaries, this achievement was a great ‘gain’ (Phil. 3:7), and he outshone them all (Gal. 1:14). If the Christian Way was true-if Christ was raised from the dead-Paul had a profound sense of the implications for his own boasting. It was over.” John Piper

“If we had met him as he left Jerusalem and had told him that before he reached Damascus he would have become a believer, he would have ridiculed the idea. Yet this was the case. He had left out of his calculations the sovereign grace of God.” John Stott

“I never fail to be moved by these words. They may well have been the first words which Saul heard from Christian lips after his conversion, and they were words of fraternal welcome. They must have been music to his ears. What? Was the arch-enemy of the church to be welcomed as a brother? Was the dreaded fanatic to be received as a member of the family? Yes, it was so.” John Stott

“No matter how violent their antipathy to Christ and His family, no matter how secure they may imagine themselves to be from his truth-claims and summons…they are not safe; they are never safe; no one is safe!” Bruce Milne

“I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknow to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love.” Charles Spurgeon