4 Roads | Week 2: Damascus
It’s easy to convince ourselves that our lives are righteous and holy. We often feel like we have it all together and that those around us need to “find Jesus”. The Gospel reminds us that we are far worse sinners than we care to admit. But it also reminds us that we are far more loved than we could ever imagine.
Read Titus 3:3-5
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…
READ those verses again and consider these related questions.
These words were written by Paul; what enables him to speak with such confidence?
Discuss the difference between "our righteousness” and “his mercy”?
What is the “washing of rebirth” and “renewal”?
Read Acts 9:1-18
1. In verses 1–2, why was Saul doing these things?
2. Why is it so difficult for God to get our attention? Share your own experiences.
3. In verses 10-13, the Lord speaks to Ananias. Why does he not immediately go?
4. We don’t understand some of the doors God opens for us; what important lesson can we learn from this passage?
5. Look at verses 15-16. From what you know about Paul, how does this foreshadow his ministry and experiences?
6. In verses 17-19 we see the miracle of God’s mercy and grace. What else do we learn from the obedience of Ananias to do what the Lord called him to do?
7. Paul describes the events of encounter two more times in Acts (22:6-21 & 26:12-18). Why do you think he does this and what makes his story so powerful?
8. Read 1 Peter 3:13-16. How do these words from Peter and Paul’s conversion story shape your willingness to be a witness for Jesus?