StoneBridge Community Church
Summer in the Cities: "The Road to Damascus" - Acts 9:1-9
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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Summer in the Cities
In this sermon series, we will be journeying through the cities mentioned in the Book of Acts, looking at how the Holy Spirit works through the Apostle Paul in each city. Hopefully, we will be able to see the Holy Spirit at work in our city more clearly.

Introduction to the Book of Acts

Here is a brief introduction to the Book of Acts.

The Apostle Paul

Paul (born Saul of Tarsus) was one of the earliest Christians and the church's greatest early missionary. He wrote more than half the New Testament. He is central to the story of the Book of Acts. Here is some background information on Paul.

The Text In Context

"I very much doubt anyone prayed that this Saul might be saved. I can believe someone might have prayed that Saul be waylaid, or 'terminated,' in some divine act or providential accident ('act of God'). I can believe the saints who gathered to pray would have prayed for the protection of the church in Damascus and for the safety of individual saints, especially the leaders and the most visible Christians. No one, it would seem, was even thinking of what God was about to do..." Click link to read more.
Sermon Outline

I. Damascus
A. What is this city?
B. The road to Damascus
C. Conversion?

II. Paul
A. Background
B. Murderous
C. Zeal

III. Jeff story

IV. How God looked at Paul

V. How God looks at you

V. Road to Damascus redefined.

1. Reflect on any personal character traits that you don't enjoy about yourself.

2. Think about how God may be able to use these traits if redirected.

3. Pray that God would do so.

1. What do you know about the Apostle Paul? Was there anything new about his story in this sermon for you? If so, what was it?

2. Have you seen God take a character trait that, in one setting, was negative, and then redirect it towards good? What were the details and circumstances?

3. Are you familiar with the phrase "Road to Damascus moment?" If so, how do you define this?

4. Pastor Jon offered a new definition of "Road to Damascus moment" that focuses less on a "conversion" and more on a deepening of understanding of God and oneself. What do you find helpful about this definition? What do you find unhelpful?
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