Acts 26:24-32

There are many people who are in the "excuse making" business. When a person excuses themselves, it is an effort to exonerate or remove one's self from responsibility. King Agrippa was a Roman ruler who heard Paul's case while he was imprisoned because of the Jews. Paul shared in great detail his amazing testimony from being a Pharisee to becoming an Apostle to the Gentiles. Afterward, Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." How sad that this man was almost persuaded to accept Christ, but came up with an excuse. Like many people today, he was looking for a reason NOT to get saved! Is that you today? Are you here this morning with an excuse for why you should remain as you are? Many Christians make excuses as well. They are looking for reasons why they should NOT serve God with their lives. Several years ago the Kingsmen had a very popular gospel song entitled 'Excuses'. The chorus of the song says this,

Excuses, excuses, you'll hear them every day. And the Devil he'll supply them, if the church you stay away. When people come to know the Lord, the Devil always loses So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.

I have heard many excuses for why a person will not trust the Lord, but one that will simply not stand the test is that the Gospel message is too difficult to understand. God knew exactly what He was doing when He put together the plan of redemption for mankind. He made it so simple that even a little child could understand. There are six verses from the book of Romans that work together like links in a chain that will lift a lost sinner from sin and give them a new life in Christ. Remember these Gospel links!

Link #1 - Everyone is a sinner.

Link #2 - We cannot earn salvation it is a gift.

Link #3 - We must express faith in the resurrected Christ.

Link #4 - Salvation is available for all who will trust.

There is no way that we could have time to consider every excuse that has ever been given, but let me share just a few of them this morning.

I. I Want to Enjoy My Life.

II. What Will My Friends Think?

III. I've Always Tried to Be Good.

IV. I Don't Want To Be A Hypocrite!

V. God Could Never Forgive Me.

VI. A Loving God Will Not Send Us to Hell.

What about it this morning? Are you making excuses for why you shouldn't trust Christ as your personal Savior? Maybe you have another excuse, but it doesn't matter…it is just an excuse! If you are without Christ this morning, will you come and allow us to show you from God's Word how you can have eternal life? Come now and do not delay.

Christian, are we making excuses for why we are not committed to Him? Why we don't come to church? Why we won't serve Him faithfully with out lives? Why we won't turn from our sin? Quit making excuses and re-commit your life to Him today. Come now and meet with Him at this altar!