ACTS 9

 

Verse of the Week

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.”.   [Acts 9:15]

Main Points
 

The conversion of Saul, a “pharisee of pharisees” on the Damascus road is amazing. Jesus Christ took a man who was condemning Christ Followers and turned him into a fellow believer who would be a herald of the Gospel and make up a large part of the new testament scripture that we read today. Saul was going along that road full of self righteousness and religion. Being highly educated in his time he was still spiritually blind. Saul was believing in his own righteousness through upholding religious tradition. When Saul encountered Jesus that day he knew that He was alive. Knowing that Jesus is alive changed everything. Saul knew that Jesus followers were preaching that he was the messiah, the son of God. Knowing that Jesus had risen and was alive meant that Saul finally saw Jesus for who He is. The son of God, the risen savior, Holy, perfect, and righteous. This led Saul to repentance and reliance on Jesus alone, not his own self righteous acts.
 

  1. Have you seen Him and believed? 

  2. Truly knowing that Jesus is alive should change us and our lives forever.

  3. Has your life changed?
     

After Saul’s conversion we see Jesus send him to another believer, Ananias. Part of God’s grace in our lives is the fact that He would choose to use us in order to further his Glory. Jesus could have caused the scales to fall from Saul’s eyes just as easy as he covered them but He chose to use Ananias. Ananias was scared and hesitant but he was available to hear the call. As disciples of Jesus we have to be available to hear the call and have the faith to obey it. Ananias knew that Saul had been imprisoning and taking part in the killing of christians. He knew that he was sent on a mission to imprison even more. Ananias heard the call. Jesus confirmed the call and Ananias had the faith to act. He didn’t just believe but he had faith. It is easy to say we believe in something but if we have faith in Jesus then faith will move us to action. Whether it looks like laying hands on a man who has been persecuting you, inviting someone to church or small group, or praying for someone in their time of need, we all have a part to play in serving our Lord.
 

  1. Are you available to hear the call?

  2. Do you have faith to act when He calls?

 

After Saul’s conversion we see Jesus send him to another believer, Ananias. Part of God’s grace in our lives is the fact that He would choose to use us in order to further his Glory. Jesus could have caused the scales to fall from Saul’s eyes just as easy as he covered them but He chose to use Ananias. Ananias was scared and hesitant but he was available to hear the call. As disciples of Jesus we have to be available to hear the call and have the faith to obey it. Ananias knew that Saul had been imprisoning and taking part in the killing of christians. He knew that he was sent on a mission to imprison even more. Ananias heard the call. Jesus confirmed the call and Ananias had the faith to act. He didn’t just believe but he had faith. It is easy to say we believe in something but if we have faith in Jesus then faith will move us to action. Whether it looks like laying hands on a man who has been persecuting you, inviting someone to church or small group, or praying for someone in their time of need, we all have a part to play in serving our Lord.
 

  1. Are you available to hear the call?

  2. Do you have faith to act when He calls?

After Saul’s  baptism he stayed with the disciples for several days but then he began to preach that Jesus is the son of God. When we truly see him, when we make ourselves available to hear the call, we begin to do our part in kingdom work. There is no such thing as an injured reserve list for the believer. No matter where we are in life we are in the game. Our job may not be to preach in the synagogues but you better believe we all have a part to play. When we put our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior we are called to take part in His great commission. Remember real faith always moves us to action. The only question once we are saved is what is your part to play. 

 

Here’s the mission: 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

 

If you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you can’t be on the injured reserve just living your life and enjoying the world. You should and will have a desire to see the Gospel go forward and disciples of Jesus made. There’s only one question you have to ask yourself if you know Him.

 

What is my part? 

If you have the desire to take part in the  mission but are just unsure how to talk to your Connect Group Leader or go online and get signed up for our next Heart and Soul class so you can get plugged in to the life of the church and start taking part in seeing the mission go forward.

Question Bank

  1. How has your week been spiritually?

  2. What has the Lord shown you through the passage this week?