#GOFAMINTDailyDevotion Thur. 31/12/2015

LESSON 5                     3/1/2016

THE EARLY CHRISTIAN LIFE OF PAUL

 

Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 310, 326

Devotional Reading: Acts 9:10-22

Topic For Adults: Don’t Cast Them Out

Topic For Youths: Mentoring: A Programme, Not A Subject

Intermediates: Patient In Learning

Scripture Lesson: Acts 9: 17-19; Acts 9:19-30, Heb. 10:24-25; Gal. 1:13-24, 2 Tim. 2:15; 4:13

 

Memory Verse:          “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15) NKJV

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING

Thur. 31/12/2015

Growing To Know Christ The More

Acts 9:23; Gal. 1:18-24; Phil. 3:10-11

“After many days had gone by….” Several Bible scholars believe that this phrase “many days” is a span of about 3 years which Paul spent in Arabia and in Damascus. What was he doing during that time? Some believe that Paul was in seclusion for that time, sorting out his past mistakes, spending time praying and worshiping in God’s presence, and rethinking his theology in light of Jesus being the Messiah. No doubt Paul did all of these things, but we have no reason to believe that he spent all that time in solitude. Arabia was an area that extended all the way to the walls of Damascus. It is likely that Paul did not go and hide during that time, but he continued to tell many of the Arab people that Jesus was the Messiah who had been promised from God and that they needed to repent, call on the Lord, and commit their lives to Him.  He was committed to knowing Christ the more and growing in Him – are we?

Point of Emphasis:     Grow in your relationship with the Lord

Prayer Point:              Lord, make me to grow more in you and develop a close relationship with you.