Christ Wesleyan Church
June 3, 2018 - 9:00 & 10:45am
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    363 Stamm Rd, Milton, PA 17847, USA
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Empowered: A Fire Redirected!

A. Saul was a prime example of the most recognized Jewish heritage...
1. Saul was a member of the tribe of Benjamin, as was Ehud (great warrior who delivered Israel from Moab), Saul (the first king of Israel), and Queen Esther and Mordecai.
2. Saul was a Pharisee with strict obedience to the Law.
3. Saul was from Tarsus. Tarsus was a highly educated, urban center. It was recognized as a university town and the center of philosophy. Highly recognized for its learning, at the level of Athens and Alexandria.
B. Saul was traveling to Damascus...
1. The trip from Jerusalem to Damascus was about 150 miles and took about 6 days.
2. Damascus was known as the hub, as it was a center point for Syrian, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Persia, and Arabia.
3. If the Way flourished in Damascus, the potential of it flourishing in all these areas was even more threatening to Saul.
Acts of the Apostles 26:20 NLT

1. Paul’s conversion story is shared in Acts 9:1-18; Acts 22:4-16; and Acts 26:9-18. It was his personal testimony of transformation.
2. Saul was struck down by a blinding light, and a voice that only he understood!
Acts of the Apostles 9:3-4 NLT

3. Saul was led by his companions to Damascus.
4. Saul fasted for three days.
5. Ananias, a believer in Damascus, was called to go to Straight Street at the house of Judas, to see Saul of Tarsus.
6. Ananias went to Saul and prayed for him.
Acts of the Apostles 9:15-17 NLT

7. His sight returned, he got up, and was baptized!
1. Paul wrote over half of the New Testament.
Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
2. Paul suffered greatly in his mission of sharing the gospel.
3. In spite of his great suffering, Paul never lost gratitude for God’s faithfulness!
1. God took the most unlikely life and totally changed his life. Nothing is too hard for God…no life is unlikely to find Jesus.
2. God’s mercy and power are not limited…if He can save the “chief of sinners,” then nothing is beyond His reach.
3. Paul’s transformation came suddenly and unexpectedly! There did not seem to be any gradual process that brought this transformation.
4. It was only God that brought this change in Paul’s life.
5. Ananias was fearful about his role in Paul’s life but was ultimately willing to be used of God.
6. Following Jesus does not mean we will be excluded from suffering or hard times. In fact, it may mean we will suffer…so keep focused!
7. The powerful presence of God will go with us and rest on us if we keep our grateful hearts focused on Him.
“Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.”

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