QUARTER’S THEME: PAUL – THE DYNAMIC MISSIONARY EVANGELIST
UNIT 2: His Early Christian Life (Lessons 3-5)
LESSON 3 20/12/2015
THE CONVERSION OF PAUL
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 226, 236
Devotional Reading: Acts 9:1-12
Topic For Adults: The Great Encounter
Topic For Youths: A New Dawn
Topic For Intermediates: Paul Met With Jesus
Scripture Lesson: Acts 9:1-11; 20-22; Acts 26:4-11
Memory Verse “Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me” (Acts 9:4) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Saul, The Persecutor
Acts 8: 1-3
Paul was very religious. His training under Gamaliel added to his skill in tormenting and persecuting believers. He was a good Pharisee who knew the Old Testament and sincerely believed that the new Christian movement was dangerous to Judaism. Paul hated the Christian faith and persecuted Christians without mercy, though his intentions and efforts were sincere. There are a lot of terrorists like Paul who are out to unleash terror on anybody or group of people who claim to be ‘born again’ or believers. Fro groups like ISIS, Boko Haram etc, their mission is to kill and destroy. What is our response to all these groups and acts of terrorism? The only force that can stop them is the power of God and how can this happen? This is a question for thought.
Point of Emphasis: Preach the word without fear or shame.
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from every spirit of fear, shame that will make me afraid of any persecution that can arise as a result of my preaching the gospel and standing for the truth.