ACTS 9

10 Outlines

Acts 9:1-9, 17-20

A MIRACLE OF GRACE!

 

PAUL WAS A BITTER MAN – Vss.1-2

PAUL WAS A BROADSIDED MAN – Vss. 3-4

PAUL WAS A BROKEN MAN – Vss. 5-7

PAUL WAS A BRIGHTENED MAN – Vss. 17-19

PAUL WAS A BRAND NEW MAN – Vs. 20

 

 

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Acts 9:1-22

CONVERTED!

 

If there was ever an opponent to Christianity, it was the Apostle Paul.  Before God miraculously saved him, Saul (Paul) was "Public Enemy #1" to the Christians. See Acts 8:1-4

 

There came a day however, when Paul was converted. God saved him, and his life was not the same after that. He was a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17). Here is the story of Paul's conversion:

 

PAUL'S INTENT TO DO HARM Vss. 1-3

PAUL'S INTRODUCTION TO HIS NEW MASTER Vss. 4-9

PAUL'S INVOLVEMENT IN NEW LIFE Vss. 10-22

  A visit from Ananias. Vss. 10-19

  A voice for the Lord Jesus. Vss. 20-22

 

 

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Acts 9:1-22

A WORK OF GRACE

 

God's grace is a wonderful thing! Ephesians 2:8-9

Nobody shows how wonderful grace is better than the Apostle Paul.

 

PAUL, THE TERROR - Vss. 1-2

 

PAUL, THE TERRIFIED - Vss. 3-9

 

PAUL, THE TRANSFORMED - Vss. 10-17

 

PAUL, THE TESTIMONY - Vss. 18-22

 

PAUL, THE TARGET - Vss. 23-28

Of the Jews - Vss. 23-25

Of the Christians - Vss. 26-28

 

 

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Acts 9:1-31

THE MANY SIDES OF PAUL

 

Every conversion to Christ is a miracle.  One of the greatest conversion stories of all is that of the Apostle Paul. We learn a lot about Paul shortly before and after his salvation experience. He shows many "sides" or characteristics.

 

PAUL, THE ENEMY - Vss. 1-2

 

PAUL, THE CONVERT - Vss. 3-9

 

PAUL, THE RECEIVER - Vss. 10-19

Paul had to receive before he could give. Ananias and other believers in Damascus helped him.

 

PAUL, THE EVANGELIST - Vss 20-22

 

PAUL, THE ESCAPEE - Vss. 23-25

 

PAUL, THE MISUNDERSTOOD - Vs. 26

 

PAUL, THE ACCEPTED - Vss. 27-31

 

 

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Acts 9:10-18

LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS

 

There are many well-known saints (born again Christians).

Talk about some of the ones your congregation would be familiar with.

For every well-known saint, there are hundreds of little known saints.

These are people who know Christ as Savior and are busy serving him in

various ways.

Such a little-known saint was Ananias, who resided in Damascus when Paul

(Saul) was coming to arrest Christians. Of course, the Lord met Paul on the

road to that city and Paul was converted (Acts 9:1-9).

The story of Ananias teaches us some principles for us who are little-known

saints.

 

LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS RECEIVE GREAT CHALLENGES - Vss. 10-12

Ananias was asked to do something that was very challenging. He was to go

and meet Saul who he knew as an enemy of the Christians. Very often the

Lord asks us to do challenging things which may seem to be beyond our

strength, ability, or even logic. We must remember that he always enables us

when we are challenged by Him (Philippians 4:13, Zechariah 4:6).

 

LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS HAVE GREAT CONCERNS - Vss. 13-14

You can understand Ananias' concern. He thought that appearing to Saul was

volunteering to be arrested! When the Lord challenges us we will think of

reasons why doing what we are being led to do is not too wise. There will

be concerns when the Lord challenges us to move forward. There some

legitimate concerns, but others will be imaginary.

 

LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS ARE GIVEN GREAT COMFORT - Vss. 15-16

God assured Ananias that he had nothing to fear! In this case, God had

worked in Paul's heart and had great plans for Paul. When we are challenged

by God and have concerns, He will give us comfort that we are moving in the

right direction. I was a little hesitant to candidate at a church. The Lord

comforted me that I was moving in the right direction. I did candidate and

was called as the pastor. We have been here now for a little over a year,

and we are very happy. One of the greatest concerns I had was the church's

name. The congregation voted positively on a name change and the legal work

is now in process to make the new name official.

 

LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS PRACTICE GREAT CONDUCT - Vss. 17-18

Ananias practiced great conduct by obeying God. I am particularly amazed

that Ananias was so accepting of Saul. Right away he called Saul "brother".

You and I are also capable of great conduct for the Lord. All we need to do

is obey.

 

 

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Acts 9:10-22

MISSION OF MERCY

 

There are times when God’s saints are called upon to extend themselves on the behalf of others.  You never know when the Lord will send you on a “Mission of Mercy” to relieve someone’s suffering.  In this case, the man needing mercy had been a notorious persecutor of Christians.  Saul of Tarsus, later to be Paul the Apostle, needed mercy after his meeting with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.  It was a man named Ananias who was given the assignment of showing that mercy.

 

A REMARKABLE COMMAND – Vss. 10-12

Ananias was being sent to heal Paul, a man was persecuting Christians.

 

A REASONABLE CONCERN – Vss. 13-14

You can understand the concern of Ananias considering Paul’s reputation.

 

A REASSURING CHALLENGE – Vss. 15-16

Paul was a chosen vessel to be used by the Lord Jesus.  He would also suffer much as a servant of Christ’s.  Ananias was to go and do as he was told.

 

A RESOUNDING CHANGE – Vss. 17-22

Paul became filled without the Holy Spirit.

Paul regained his sight.

Paul preached Christ.

 

 

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RETURN TO JERUSALEM

 

Paul was recently converted to Christ while in Damascus.  He returned to Jerusalem, and not surprisingly, he had trouble connecting with the church there. Their memories of Paul's persecuting them were still fresh.

 

PROBLEM - Vs. 26 - Those in the church were afraid and did not believe that Paul had truly been converted.

 

PERSUASION - Vss. 27-28 - Barnabas brought Paul to the apostles and spoke in Paul's behalf. Paul became part of the group.

 

PREACHING - Vs. 29 - Paul bolding proclaimed Christ.

 

PERSECUTION - Vss. 29-30 - Some wanted to kill Paul. Paul was forced to flee for his life.

 

PEACE - Vs. 31 - After Paul left there was a time of peace and spiritual growth in the church.

 

 

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Acts 9:31

PRAYING FOR YOUR CHURCH

 

Acts 9:31 - Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

 

The early church provides many good examples of how our current churches should be.

We can pray that God will duplicate today His work in Acts 9:31.  Here are five ways to pray for your local church:

 

PRAY FOR REST - Then had the churches rest…

 

PRAY FOR REINFORCEMENT - …and were edified;

 

PRAY FOR REVERENCE - …and walking in the fear of the Lord,

 

PRAY FOR REASSURANCE - …and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost,

 

PRAY FOR REPRODUCTION - …were multiplied.

 

 

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Acts 9:32-43

PRACTICAL MINISTRY

 

Peter was involved in ministry that was very practical

 

THE CRIPPLE WALKED – Vss. 32-34

THE UNBELIEVING BELIEVED – Vss. 35, 42

THE DEAD LIVED – Vss. 36-43

·       A Good Woman – Vs. 36

·       A Dead Woman – Vss. 37-39

·       A Living Woman – Vss. 40-41

 

 

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Acts 9:32-43

THIS IS YOUR LIFE

 

Ralph Edwards used to host a television show called "This Is Your

Life".  It was a testimonial given to surprised guests, who had their

lives reviewed, and were reunited with old friends and loved ones.

Our text here is a biography of  two individuals. It is as if God is

saying, "This is your life!"

 

AENEAS, THIS IS YOUR LIFE Vss. 32-35

A life that is DIFFICULT Vs. 33

A life that became DIFFERENT Vs. 34

A life that DECLARES God's grace Vs. 35

 

DORCAS, THIS IS YOUR LIFE Vss. 36-42

A life that is FULL OF GOD'S GOODNESS. Vs. 36

A life that .is FASHIONED FOR GOD'S GLORY Vss. 37-41

A life that FURTHERS THE GOSPEL Vs. 42

 

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