15 August 2021 (am) – Acts 9:1-31
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 15th August 2021.|
In the first half of chapter 9, Luke switches focus from Philip to Paul (at this point named Saul). Here we have the dramatic story of Saul’s conversion; a committed, zealous persecutor of the Church is floored by Jesus and radically converted! The chapter starts with Saul persecuting the Church (v1), and ends with Saul himself, now part of that Church, being hunted by others (v23, 30)!
Q Read v1-6. Why do you think Saul hated Jesus’ disciples so much? What was is that he detests so much? (Take a look at 6:8-14 as well as 9:13-14 and 21).
Q What do you think went through Saul’s mind when he received the answer to his question in v5?
Q Take a look at the verses below. How do they demonstrate that Saul’s conversion is genuine?
v7-9, 17-19 He is humbled
v20-22 He wants others to know about Jesus
v23, 29 He is hated for his new faith.
v26-28 He has a desire to be with God’s people
Q What does this tell us about what we also should expect as disciples of Christ? Are there things here that we are reluctant to accept as part of following Him?