Featured Passage: Acts 9
A young Pharisee named Saul was very zealous about God’s law, but sadly in the wrong way. He thought the brethren who were followers of Christ were trouble makers, so he wanted to get rid of them. He consented to Stephen’s death, and he dragged many men and women off to be thrown in prison for their belief in Jesus Christ. One day, Saul went to the high priest and asked for letters saying that if he found anyone in the synagogues following “the Way” (followers of Jesus Christ) he had the authority to arrest them. With the letters in his hands, he rushed off to Damascus, a nearby city, to find the brethren. Thankfully, God had other plans.
- What do you think is meant by “the Way”? The brethren were not called Christians until later (Acts 11:26).
- What happened to Saul on the road to Damascus? How did he respond?
- Who did God send to anoint Saul so that he would receive his sight? What was his initial response to God about going to see Saul? Why do you think he hesitated?
- What was God’s plan for Saul? What is the first thing Saul did after baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit?
- Why did Saul have to leave Damascus? How did he get away?
- How did the brethren in Jerusalem respond to Saul when he returned there?
- Which of the brethren helped Saul and introduced him to the apostles?
“Go for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”