Friday, September 29th, 2017.
Saul is a religious Jewish leader who has been persecuting Christians, but yesterday we saw him encounter Jesus and blinded on his way to the city of Damascus. We pick up the Daily today with what happens to the blinded Saul in Damascus, highlighting God’s purposes for his children and the way that He uses other people to help and equip us to carry out His purposes. --Monica
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever sensed God asking you to do something uncomfortable?
_ Have you ever felt completely helpless in a situation without a sense of direction?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God. Thank God that He has purposed our lives to be witnesses to His Gospel.
DISCOVER [Acts 9:10-19]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, 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 evil he has done 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 carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened.
_ In vs. 10-12 what does God call Ananias to do?
_ In vs. 13-14 how does Ananias respond? What concerns does he raise?
_ In vs 15-16 how does the Lord answer him? What is God’s purpose for Saul?
_ In vs 17 How would you describe the way that Ananias treats Saul?
_ What does Saul do after being healed?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus, His Spirit, and our calling as believers?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being called to be obedient to God? Are you being called to speak of the Lord Jesus with someone? If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Is there someone God is sending you to minister to?
_ Is there someone God has sent to minister to you? Do you need to respond?
_ Do you know and believe that you are also God’s chosen instrument to carry His name? Is there a step of faith you need to take in light of this truth?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?