Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 24, 2021
Passage: Acts 9:1-22
This Sunday, Cole continued our “Live Sent” series by looking at the Apostle Paul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Who was the unlikeliest person you knew who became a Christian? How did it happen?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the sermon, Cole talked about the way that Jesus disrupted Saul in the midst of his work of persecuting churches. In the passage, we learn that Saul was temporarily blinded. In part, this blindness was symbolic of the blindness of his heart. While thinking he was doing the work of God, Saul was actually working against the movement of God. Saul’s only hope was to have his eyes opened by Jesus. What do the following verses teach about the spiritual blindness that we all experience prior to our salvation experience?
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NLT2)
3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 (NLT2)
18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT2)
14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
- Based on the above passages, is it possible for a person to gain their spiritual eyesight on their own, apart from God’s disruptive presence?
- In Ephesians 1:18, what insight does Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians give for how the scales of spiritual blindness are removed?
2. Not only did the good news of Jesus disrupt Saul’s reign of terror and remove the scales from his eyes, it also gave him the power to change. The Holy Spirit began to reside in Saul’s heart and disrupt the evil that was there. Saul was transformed by the Spirit from being a persecutor of Jesus to a pioneering missionary for Him. What effect does the Spirit have on a new believer based on Paul’s words below in Ephesians 3:14-19?
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NLT2)
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
- What is one way that the Spirit has changed your desires or habits since the gospel “disrupted” your life?
- What is one area of your life where you still need the Spirit to “disrupt” and change you?
3. One of the big disruptions that the gospel causes in our lives is that we get a new purpose. Saul was commissioned by the Lord to take the good news to the Gentiles throughout the known world.
- What was your purpose in life before you met Jesus?
- How has your purpose in life changed since the gospel disrupted your life?
- Take a few moments and write out your personal mission/purpose statement below. How will your purpose help build the Kingdom of God and affect eternity?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?