REAL MEN

 

REAL MEN ARE CHANGED MEN

Real Men - Lesson #1 – The Story of Paul – Acts 9

(Here are the outline and questions I used to teach this men’s Bible Study.)

 

q       What does it mean to be “real” or “authentic”?

q       Why should Christian men be “real”?

q       Who are some Bible Characters who were real?

q       How can these Bible Characters help us?

 

We are starting a series on “Real Men” and will study the lives of men in the Bible who can help us because they were “real”.

 

    What changes do we look for when a person professes faith in Christ?

    Of all the people you have seen come to Christ, who                                                                                                                   

     changed the most?

    Why do we put such an emphasis on “change” for a Christian? 2 Corinthians 5:7

 

One of the most changed men who appear in the Scriptures is the Apostle Paul.  The dramatic change in his life deserves examination.

 

PAUL THE TRADITIONALIST – Philippians 3:3-6

n     What is a traditionalist?

n     In what ways was Paul a traditionalist before he had his encounter with Christ?

n     On what was Paul relying in order to have everlasting life?

n     Why was Paul wrong?

 

PAUL, THE TERROR – Acts 7:58, 8:3, 9:1-2

Ø     Stephen was stoned and Paul watched the coats. What does this mean?

Ø     Why do you think Paul was so adamant against Christians?

Ø     What does Acts 9:2 tell you about Paul’s attitude or mental state?

 

PAUL, THE TERRIFIED - Vss. 3-9

à   What was remarkable about the Lord’s appearance to Paul?

à   Why was Paul so scared?

à   Does God ever “scare” people today into a decision?

Should we ever use fear as a means to convince people that they need to trust Christ as Savior? Jude 1:22-23

à   Has God ever scared you into a decision?

à   What indication is there in verses 6-7 that Paul had believed in Christ?  Will the same indication of belief be present today?

 

PAUL, THE TRANSFORMED - Vss. 10-18, Philippians 3:7-9

*    Why was Ananias hesitant to meet with Paul? 

*    What does the response of the Lord in Vss. 15-16 tell you about God’s intentions for new believers? 

See Ephesians 2:10.

*    What indication is there that Ananias believed that Paul was changed?

*    What did Paul’s baptism indicate?  Why is it important that believers be baptized?

*    What is significant about Paul’s statement in Philippians 3:7-9?

 

PAUL, THE TAUGHT – Galatians 1:15-18

Matthew 28:20 - Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…

*   What was unique about the learning that Paul had after being saved?  Why did God choose such a unique method for Paul?

*   What should a new convert be hungry for? Why?

*   How should we help new converts?

*   What is a sad thing about believers as they get older?

2 Peter 3:18

   

PAUL, THE TESTIMONY - Vss. 18-22

²       Why were people so amazed when Paul testified for Christ?

²       Why was Paul’s public testimony necessary?

²       Why is a testimony of a new believer important?

See Romans 10:9-10.

 

PAUL, THE TARGET - Vss. 23-28

Of the Jews - Vss. 23-25

¯    What makes Paul’s persecution so ironic?

¯    Is it possible that we will receive the same response?

2 Timothy 3:12

 

Of the Christians - Vss. 26-28

¯    Would you have been skeptical of Paul?  Why?

¯    What does this tell us about our response to new Christians?

¯    How should we be like Barnabas?

 

This is an expansion on the outline found Sermon Seeds E14

 

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