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June 1, 2014

 

Witness by Your Spoken Word

Acts 26:12-23

 

Introduction

“Language is the house of being”, says German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Speech is a powerful tool to communicate. Let us cleanse it and effectively use it for sharing the message of salvation.

 

Into the Word

Paul was a prisoner awaiting condemnation. He didn’t mind nor was he bothered by his situation. In whatever situation he was in, he always took advantage of every opportunity to witness for the gospel, whether by making a theological presentation, or in this case by simply narrating his conversion experience. Paul witnessed to people who knew him in the past, to strangers, to the soldiers who guarded him, and now to Agrippa, the Jewish king. And this time, Paul’s chosen strategy was to share the story about how he met Jesus Christ.

 

Instruction for Discipleship

In sharing your conversion experience remember to …

1. Describe your life in the past.

2. Relate how you heard and received the gospel.

3. Share how you are serving and growing in the Lord.

 

Insight to Live By

Personal witnessing is largely about a testimony of a life saved

by Christ and changing by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Paul Tells of His Conversion

12 “In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

 

Interaction with the Word

Weekly Devotional Guide for Individuals and Groups

Acts 26:12-23

1.   What was Paul about to do in going to Damascus and by what authority was he going to do it (v.12)?

          Read Acts 9:1-2.

2.   To whom was Paul speaking and telling his story and what was Paul trying to do? Read verse 19.

3.   Summarize in your own words Paul’s story on the road going to Damascus, as he told it to the king

           (vv.13-18). What happened to Paul on that road?

4.   What was the assignment that Paul received from Jesus (vv.16-18)? Please explain your answer.

5.   What was the “heavenly vision” that Paul mentioned in verses 19-20, and to what extent was Paul

           obedient to it? Please explain your answer.

6.   Comment on this truth stated in this passage: Paul changed from being a persecutor of Christians to

           becoming a Christian, and is now being persecuted.

7.   In verses 22-23, how did Paul trace the origin of Christ’s mission to save in the Old Testament?

          Please explain your answer.