The Conversion of Saul
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. REMEMBERING ACTS
2. REMEMBER SAUL OF TARSUS
3. THE CONVERSION OF SAUL
4. THE GRACE OF GOD APPEARED
5. WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME?
6. SAUL IS SENT TO THE CHURCH
7. SAUL IS SENT FOR THE CHURCH
8. SAUL PROCLAIMS JESUS SAUL WREAKS HAVOC
For the grace of God has appeared …
… Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
R. C. Sproul:
The theme of Acts is this: the church’s obedience to Christ’s commission and commandment to be His witnesses as the ascended King, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Community Group Questions
Turn to Acts 9:1-22. Saul was going to Damascus on a rampage to wrestle control of the situation through murderous threats, but when the Lord speaks and calls and works he demonstrates that not even this young, powerful and influential up and comer could escape his purposes for the church. How does Jesus show his authority and control in this passage?
Saul had been “breathing threats and murder against the disciples”, but in Acts 9:5 Jesus tells Saul, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” How does it bring comfort to us as his disciples that Jesus would identify with us in that way?
After appearing to Saul, Jesus sends him to Ananias. How does it encourage us in our ministry together as the church that Jesus would send Saul to the church for continued ministry and care?
Acts 9:20 says that Saul immediately proclaimed Jesus. How might it encourage us to share the gospel that Paul, so recently an enemy of Jesus, would share the gospel with the people of Damascus?