Paul: Called to Suffering and Glory

Acts 9:1-9
Called: Week 7

CALLED: to order or request to undertake a particular activity or work; summons

And Saul approved of their killing him [Stephen]. Acts 8:1
But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Acts 8:3
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. Acts 9:1

The Easter call…

1. ____________ and ____________ our plans

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. (9:3)

“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (9:6)

Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. (9:8-9)

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

2. Results in ____________________ change

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… But because of his great love for us God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:1; 4-5

All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him…Acts 9:21-23

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. Acts 4:13-14

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:6

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

3. Teaches that ______________ leads to ___________

I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (9:16)

Jesus said…“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. John 17:1

Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” John 21:18-19

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co- heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:17-18

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