The Power of Meeting Jesus.


1 Timothy 1:15-16 - 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.
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What We Learn About Grace:

  1. The Worst people can receive grace. (Acts 9:1-14)

  2. Grace Chooses you because God wants to use you. (Acts 9:15)

  3. Review: Eph 2:10

  4. Receiving grace does not mean "Exempt from Suffering". (Acts 9:16)

  5. Review: Phil 1:29 | 2 Cor 11 | Acts 5:41 | Phil 3:10

  6. We have the privilege of Demonstrating grace. (Acts 9:17-19)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 9:1-19

  1. *Read 1 Timothy 1:15-16. How does Paul’s conversion story serve “as an example”?
  2. Why do you think Saul was so zealous to hunt down and arrest Christians (Acts 9:4)? How do you see such zeal against Christians today? Do you think it’s the same kind of motivation?
  3. Why do you think God got Ananias involved (Acts 9:10-12)? What does this say about how God may use you to disciple someone?
  4. Paul obviously had a special calling (Acts 9:15). Does every believer have a special calling, or just some? Defend your answer biblically!

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another. Pray specifically for those baptized: Corinne, Sherri, Stephen, Kate!

The Power Explained - Part 3

Five Ingredients of True Conversion:
  1. Heart-felt CONVICTION . (Acts 2:37)

  2. Sincere REPENTANCE . (Acts 2:38)

  3. Godly MOTIVATION . (Acts 2:39)

  4. Radical SEPARATION . (Acts 2:40)

  5. Public PROFESSION . (Acts 2:41)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 2:37-41

  1. How can you tell if someone is truly "cut to the heart", that is, they are genuinely sorry for their sins? (Acts 2:37)
  2. How would you answer someone who asks, "Why should I get baptized? What does it mean?" (Acts 2:38)
  3. Is Acts 2:38 teaching that "you can't get saved unless you are baptized"? Why or why not?
  4. What are wrong motivations to come to Christ? (See Acts 2:39 for the right motivation)
  5. What did Peter mean by, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation"? (Acts 2:40) 

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another.