January 15 Acts 9:1-19 (ESV) The Conversion of Saul 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now … More January 15 Acts 9:1-19
John Piper, in a sermon “Overflowing Grace for All Who Believe”comments on the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 This is the kind of person that no one expects to be converted. His opposition is too deep and too articulate. So much of his life would be threatened if Christianity were true! And he has … More Unlikely Conversion
Bob Deffinbaugh comments on Paul’s testimony before Agrippa: Paul did not describe his conversion as some kind of evolution, but rather as a radical transformation, a change from darkness to light, from death to life, a change from persecuting Christianity to practicing and promoting it. He was actively opposing the church when Jesus stopped him dead … More Paul describes his conversion to Agrippa: darkness to light, death to life
Matthew 19:23-26 “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were … More John Piper: It’s a problem with the human heart.
John Piper, in a sermon “Overflowing Grace for All Who Believe” comments on the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 This is the kind of person that no one expects to be converted. His opposition is too deep and too articulate. So much of his life would be threatened if Christianity were true! And he … More Saul: the most unlikely people CAN be converted and ARE converted
He was understandably reluctant. He had heard the horror stories. All his friends at church were afraid. He knew the reputation of this man as a terrorizer. This man was a murderer of missionaries. He spouted threats against believers wherever he went. And now God was telling him, Ananias, to go and pray for this man! “But LORD….I have heard….” … More Sovereignly Chosen for Missions
A Sudden and Remarkable Reversal So suddenly, out of the blue, he takes the key player in the persecution of his people and turns him totally around on the Damascus road. The Saul who was breathing out threats and murders against Christians doesn’t just drop dead—which would have been a big enough reversal for … More Jesus Still Turns Things Around…John Piper on Acts 9:20-43