Week 6 Acts 9:1-31
Saul of Tarsus from a persecutor to a follower of the resurrected Christ; from a murder to a missionary.
Luke presents us with the detailed conversion story of Paul once again to show the radical change that the response to the Gospel of Resurrected Christ brings to one’s life.
- Read 9:1-2. Until this point what did Saul regard Jesus and His Disciples as? Where did the Messiah claims of Jesus fit with Paul’s Pharisaic theology?
- Read 9:3-9. Picture and describe how Saul would have been affected by this encounter. In 1 Cor. 15:3-11 and Gal. 1:11-24 Paul picked on the lessons he learned from this conversion experience. Discuss them with your group.
- Read 9:10-25. Look carefully at the way Luke reflects on Christ’s authority to change someone like Saul. What do we make of Ananias argument (attitude)? Verses 15-16 are crucial to Saul’s new calling, what does this new role look like?
- Read 9:26-31. Suspicion, fear and unbelief apart from Barnabas. What did he (Barnabas) noticed that the others missed? Do we need people like Barnabas at CRBC and why? Can you be one yourself?
- Acts 9:31 is a reflective summary of what is happening so far with the early church. Can we draw parallels in the way that the Spirit can do the same things with us today?
Thought for the week: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom (skilled living) and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10