Riverside Community Church

Sovereign, Eye-Opening Grace

Acts 9:1-18

Sovereign, Eye-Opening Grace

 I.  No one but God could have convinced Saul he was blind.

                 1. Saul’s Background – Religious & Intellectual All-Star

                 2. Saul’s Perspective

                 3. What about you?

 II.  No one but God had a clue Saul would ever follow Jesus. (vs. 1-2, 13-14)

                 No one is outside the reach of God’s mercy and grace.

 III.  No one but God gets the credit for causing Saul’s radical conversion.  (vs. 15)

                 1. When did God choose Saul? Galatians 1:15, Ephesians 1:4-5

                 2. For what purpose? Acts 9:15-16, 1 Timothy 1:12-16

                 3. What about you?

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 Discussion / Study questions

1. Have you ever realized you were wrong about something? Were you glad to realize the truth?

2. How could you go about discovering your own blind spots now?

3. Who are some people you know who seem like unlikely to ever follow Jesus?

4. What is your attitude toward them? What should it be?

5. Do you think some people are less likely candidates for God’s grace than others? Less likely than you?

6. What’s your personal response to God choosing Paul before his birth (Gal. 1:15) and before the foundation of the earth (Eph. 1:4-5) for his own purposes (Acts 9:15-16)?

7. If God chose to save Saul before his birth, why did He wait until the road to Damascus to call him when it meant many (like Stephen) would be persecuted in the meantime? (hint: 1 Tim. 1:12-16)

8. What is one practical step you can take in light of this passage?

Memory verse:

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16

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