- Outside (v. 9:1-5)
- Inside (v. 9:6-9)
- Around (v. 9:10-19)
- In what ways does Saul’s conversion story relate to your story of coming to faith? What were the some of the circumstances or people you remember when you said yes to Jesus?
- Saul thought he knew God but found out that he was serving a god of his own understanding. Why do we need a God who is able to challenge, correct and offend us? In what ways have you constructed your own idea of what God is like? Why is this god not help you? (Acts 9:1-5; 1 John 3:20)
- Conversion to Christ comes when we are convicted of sin, humbled and cry out for help to the God who is…1 John 1:9; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Romans 10:13.
- God often uses goads (see Acts 26:14), that is hard and hurting things to get us to this point. What is your typical response to the hard and hurting things that come into your life? How can you lovingly encourage others who are in times of hurting and hard times without being flippant or cheap with your words? (Acts 9:6-9)
- God could do all of this by Himself, He didn’t need Ananias, yet He chooses to use community to create community. What does God’s heart for community show about His character? How does God’s desire for community impact your view of community?What wounds, hurts and injuries do you carry from community that keep you from experiencing Jesus in community? What would humility and repentance look like in order to move toward knowing Jesus Christ’s healing in community? (Acts 9:10-19; Galatians 6:2)
Acts 9:1-19 NASB
1Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” 7 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem;14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.
Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,