Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul stayed with the believers[d] in Damascus for a few days.20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” 21 All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?” 22 Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.23 After a while some of the Jews plotted together to kill him.24 They were watching for him day and night at the city gate so they could murder him, but Saul was told about their plot.25 So during the night, some of the other believers[e] lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall. 26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer!27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 28 So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.29 He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him.30 When the believers[f] heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown. 31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.
Last week in Life Changing Events, LD Gillespie discussed Saul's Conversion on the road to Damascus. We learned that Saul who had been a persecutor of the followers of Jesus, became an eye witness or an Apostle of Jesus.
God sent Ananias to minister to Paul. Ananias was going to see a terrorist of Christians, but when he got there, Saul was praying to God.
Saul immediately became a witness of what Jesus did in his life.
What is your story of thankfulness or blessing that you can share about what Jesus has done for you?
Not everyone is called to be a preacher or a teacher, but we are all called to be witnesses of what Jesus has done for us.
When our words match our deeds, this brings credibility. Saul's actions backed up the fact that he had been converted.
The followers of Jesus doubted Saul's conversion. He was their biggest persecutor and they were afraid, but Barnabas spoke on Saul's behalf. There was no more unlikely person to become a follower of Christ.