October 30, 2013
Reference: Acts 9:10-18
Topic: “I Accept”
The lesson aim is to show the results of reconciliation. More importantly, we are chosen to serve the Lord in different capacities. The “work of the ministry” has various stages and phases. Individuals are called upon to complete specific assignments. However, the Lord determines the magnitude of the assignment.
The Apostle Paul is a prime example of God’s grace and mercy. (Read Galatians 1:15-16a) Luke provides Theophilus a very detailed description of Saul’s conversion. After his conversion, Saul is then chosen by the Lord to become an apostle and preacher of the gospel. Acts 9 gives us an hear full in the struggles that take place in the body of Christ to receive one another. Ananias is a disciple of Jesus Christ that has been called upon to serve as a messenger and transfer agent. His primary role is to confirm the Lord’s words to Saul and restore his sight. However, Ananias opposes the Lord because of the person he is called to serve. (Acts 9:13-14) Once we have reconciled with Christ, we are reconciled with God. At that moment reconciliation removes the enmity between God and man. In addition reconciliation unites the body of Christ as one. (Ephesians 2:13-16) Saul had not yet fully received all that was ordained for him.
I wonder how many believers are still waiting on their instructions from individuals that chose not to deliver the message from Christ. Many of struggle to accept the Lord’s decision to rescue sinner.
What are the key points in this lesson?
· Acceptance of Christ – “what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6a)
· The power of Grace – “go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me” (Acts 9:15a)
· Understanding/Revelation of Reconciliation – “for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:16)