Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
December 1, 2019 Worship Service
Acts 9: “Power of the Gospel” ~ Pastor Kirk Flaa
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  • Living Word Free Lutheran Church
    7901 S Meredith Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM


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SERMON: Acts 9: “Power of the Gospel”

“When the power of the Gospel is on display, what do we see?”

1. Changed Lives
2. Beautiful Service

3. Church Increased
“The power of the Gospel is displayed in its incredible results.”
1. Read the following texts that speak about Saul/Paul. What do we learn of him, of his character, and of the power of the gospel from these verses? Acts 9:1, 13, 21, 22:4, 19, 26:10-11; and 1 Corinthians 15:9-10; Galatians 1:13, 23; 1 Timothy 1:13.
2. As we journey through Acts, we will observe that Paul’s conversion is narrated three times in Acts (9:1-9; 22:1-21; 26:1-13). What is the significance of this emphasis and what encouragement would it provide to the church? Share with the group your own testimony of faith in Jesus and how you came to call Him your Lord and Savior.
3. What is Paul’s special mission and how is it unique from the Twelve’s? Read the following texts as you respond. Acts 13:47, 20:24, 22:14, 26:16; Romans 1:5, 11:13; Galatians 2:7-9.
4. In the book of Acts we see that Christianity was often referred to as “the Way” (see 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22). What does this mean and what is its significance? Refer to these texts as you respond: Acts 18:26; John 14:6; Hebrews 10:19-20; 2 Peter 2:2.
5. Review v. 16 and discuss what this means specifically for Paul. Suffering is not the exception, but the norm for Christians in a fallen world. What do the following passages teach us about suffering? Why do some Christians (especially those in affluent North America) believe that if I live a moral life and faithfully serve the Lord, is He obligated to protect me from “bad things”? Matthew 5:10–12; John 15:18–21; 16:1–2; Acts 14:22; Romans 5:3–4; 8:17–18; 2 Corinthians 4:7–12; 6:3–10; 11:24–33; Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12; James 1:2–4.
6. Compare and contrast the dramatic change indicated by verses 8:1 and 9:31. What had occurred to bring about this change, and what do we learn about God and His church from it?

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