How "special" do you need to be to do great things for God? Today we take a deep dive into the conversion of Saul and uncover how God can take any person and transform them to fulfill their purpose, regardless of their past.
The book of Acts shows how God fulfilled His ancient promises to restore His blessing to all the nations through the offspring of Abraham: Jesus of Nazareth. In this 10-week series, we'll explore how Jesus and the Spirit renew the people of Israel and prepare them to announce the good news to the nations.
How special do you need to be to do great things for God? Today we take a deep dive into one of the greatest conversions of all time. The Damascus Road conversion of Saul and uncover how God can take any one and transform them to fulfill their purpose regardless of their past.
(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)
1. Over time, what is something on which your views have radically changed? (A few ideas include: political affiliations, how to raise kids, the role of the church, etc.)
2. Who or what was influential in this transformation?
3. Ask a volunteer to read Acts 9:1-9. What do Jesus’ statements to Paul reveal about his close identification with His followers?
4. How did Saul’s companions respond to what happened to him?
5. Why do you think Saul was struck blind? What might God have been trying to teach him through blindness?
6. How do you think Saul felt when confronted by Jesus? Given his previous activities, what might he have been thinking about during those three days of blindness and fasting (v. 9)?
7. Ask a volunteer to read Acts 9:10-19. How do you think Ananias must have felt when the Lord asked him to go take care of Saul?
8. What does Ananias’ response to Jesus’ directions reveal about his own life and obedience?
9. Paul tells the story of his conversion several times in the rest of the book of Acts. What is your story? How could you share it this week with someone who has not believed the gospel?
10. Ananias and Barnabas play an important role in discipling Paul. Who in your life could you take the time to disciple?
“God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful." 1 Cor 1:27 NLT
What mark will you make? God has a destiny for each and every one of us. We have been called to be co-workers with God. Go and make disciples, build His church not our kingdom, but His!
Thank God for using the most unlikely people for His kingdom. Praise God for His grace in your life that transformed you into a new person living for Jesus.