I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. What was the second name Saul had in Scripture? Quite a transformation. BEFORE :1,2 – God tolerates our sin so patiently. The second name Saul had was Brother Saul. “The Way” is a powerful metaphor for Christian identity. Before Saul heard a word from Ananias, a stranger, before he knew the answers to his questions, Saul felt a gentle touch on his shoulder. If you've found such a friend, you've found a great source of power. “And we understand that he came here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests.”. ¨      Saul had the best possible education, a combination of Greek culture, Hebrew religion and Roman law. He took out the photographs again, memorizing their features. iii)    Is there anyone in our church you find it hard to get on with? a. iv)    Saul was from a wealthy influential family of Tarsus. CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Hardcover). Want to get in touch? Here's a trivia question. ¨      Not persecuting the church but "me". i)        :15 - But the Lord said, [to Aninias] “Go and do what I say. Unable to settle, he telephoned one of the dissidents he had come to interrogate. Why, if Saul wanted to sit in the darkness and die of starvation, they couldn't stop him! When the boy insisted, though, the man hobbled to the cemetery. How many millions, becoming Christians, have been freed by the concept of salvation by grace, and not by works? ii)      Galatians 1:13-16 (NLT) 13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted the Christians. i)        Before : How the Lord tolerates Saul so patiently 9:1-2, ii)      During : How God takes sin so personally 9:3-9, iii)    After : How God transforms his saints providentially 9:10-22. a. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may get your sight back and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”. Instead, Ananias used those very hands to gently touch Saul. But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. Jesus wasn't the enemy. 1520. There is power in a personal visit. Paul is the third name Saul had in Scripture. Acts 9:5. A man was having difficulty communicating with his wife and concluded that she was becoming hard of hearing. Tradition has it that Paul appealed to Nero and after two trials was executed in AD 68 on the Ostian Way outside Rome. He is filled with … i)        Do you remember what the Lord said to Paul? The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. That Sunday morning he was a rather unexpected speaker giving his testimony of his new faith in Christ as his Savior at their church. Now a pastor and author, Webber writes of the day the raspy voice of the drill sergeant barked out his first, passionate speech. 9 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Take Ownership Of The Church. "Find yourself a Ranger buddy," he growled. Imagine his excitement as he returned to Jerusalem. They thought he was only pretending to be a believer! Have you already been thinking about the best friends you've had? What a beautiful example Barnabas was. What a dynamic, confident, irrepressible, crucial leader. Jesus was Lord! Most people are constantly looking for friends. Some people are desperately looking for friendship. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. vii)  These things, even zeal for what he thought God wanted him to do, would not get him into favor with God.

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