Lessons From Saul’s Conversion

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Acts 9:1-19

The Conversion of Saul

Now [a]Saul, still breathing [b]threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the [c]voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he [d]could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen [e]in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your [f]saints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen [g]instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,


Discussion Questions

February 24th ,2019

1. In Acts 9:1-19 it's important to distinguish between what is specific to Saul's conversion and what is normal for all conversions. Read the text (verses 1-19): WHAT DO YOU SEE AS SPECIFICTO SAUL'S SALVATION EXPERIENCE AND WHAT IS NORMAL FOR ALL SALVATION EXPERIENCES? Hint: Compare verses 3-9, 15-16, and 18 with Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15- 16, Luke 23:39-43, John 3:3-8, and Hebrews 11:6.

2. Think about your own conversion experience--WHAT WAS SIMILAR TO SAUL'S AND WHAT WAS DIFFERENT? WHAT MEANING DO YOU GAIN FROM THIS COMPARISON? CAN YOU THINK OF A BIBLE CHARACTER WHOSE CONVERSION EXPERIENCE WAS SIMILAR TO YOUR OWN?

3. It's interesting that two Damascus residents had a part in welcoming the new Christian Saul into the Christian community (the local church). Read verses 10-16. WHEN HAVE THESE NAMES BEEN USED EARLIER IN THE BIBLE? WHO ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAD A PART IN "WELCOMING" YOU TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND A LOCAL GROUP OF BELIEVERS? Thank God for them!