Cornerstone Baptist Church, 455 Hands Mill
Hwy, Rock Hill, SC 29732
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Pastor Ron Roddey
"Think Myself Happy"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Sunday Morning, July 18, 2021
Acts Chapter 26
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself.
Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
26:2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for
myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused
of the Jews:
26:3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and
questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me
26:4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine
own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after
the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of
God, unto our fathers:
26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and
night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused
of the Jews.
26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God
should raise the dead?
26:9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things
contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I
shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and
when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to
blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them
even unto strange cities.
26:12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from
the chief priests,
26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the
brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed
26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking
unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou
26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee
for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these
things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will
appear unto thee;
26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom
now I send thee,
26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and
from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of
sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is
26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly
26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and
throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they
should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
26:21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about
to kill me.
26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day,
witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those
which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that
should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to
26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice,
Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
26:25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the
words of truth and soberness.
26:26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak
freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from
him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
26:27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou
26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a
26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all
that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am,
except these bonds.
26:30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor,
and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
26:31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves,
saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
26:32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at
liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
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