Persecutor

April 22, 2012

Jay Strother · Acts 9:19b-22

1. Who is the person or the type of people that you would consider to be the farthest away from Christ? Do you have confidence in the gospel, that God can reach them and radically change them? How do we show our lack of confidence in the gospel?

2. Paul met Jesus face-to-face in an epic encounter on the road to Damascus. While we all don’t have this same type of encounter, Jesus finds each of his followers. How did you truly meet Jesus for the first time? What changed in your life from that point forward?

3. God was “superintending” Saul’s upbringing with a very different agenda than Saul, his parents or his Jewish rabbis had in mind: God was preparing him to be the first cross-cultural missionary for the very movement that he originally was bent on destroying. Looking back, how can you see God has prepared you for the ways that He is using you as an agent of the gospel now? Do you sense any evidence of God’s calling on your own life?

4. Paul was always returning to the story of what God had done in his life. Look at three ke y“autobiographical” passages we examined today: Philippians 3:4-14, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and 1 Timothy 1:12-17. What do you learn from how God saved and called Paul that helps you understand your own journey with Christ?

5. NEXT Step: Using 1 Tim. 1:12-17 as an example, write down a summary of your own experience with Christ. Consider ways that Jesus is calling you, the “least likely (1 Cor. 15:9-10)” to serve Him with your life.