May 4, 2014
Key Verses: “[Saul] fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.’” Acts 9:4-6
Time: 32 CE
Background: Saul was among the most notorious and ruthless persecutors of Christians at the time following Jesus’ death and resurrection. He was both a Jew and a Roman citizen, which gave him powerful education and status in the world. He was able to use both while he was persecuting Christians, and also after his conversion when he began preaching the word and planting churches throughout the land.
His conversion was dramatic and abrupt, occurring along the road while he was on a journey to hunt Christians. His conversion required the participation of the Christian, Ananias. Ananias was also called, and both men were asked to trust one another for the conversion to take place. Both fulfilled their callings, and a powerful ministry was started on that day.
Community: What group or groups of people are being persecuted today? Who are the persecutors? What part do you play? What can you do to stop the persecution?
At Home: What has God called you to do for God and God’s people? How have you responded? Do something this week to bring you one step closer to fulfilling God’s call for your life.
Read This Week:
Monday, May 5, Saul Preaches in Damascus, Acts 9:19-22
Tuesday, May 6, Saul Escapes from the Jews, Acts 9:23-31
Wednesday, May 7, Peter in Lydda and Joppa, Acts 9:36-43
Thursday, May 8, Peter and Cornelius, Acts 10:1-16
Friday, May 9, Peter and Cornelius, Acts 10:17-23a
Saturday, May 10, Peter and Cornelius, Acts 10:23b-33
Next Week: Sunday, May 11, Paul and Silas, Acts 16:16-34