Damascus Experience

1.   What experience in your life was an eye opener for you to get your life right with God? To get saved? 

Acts 9:1-29

Once the light shone on Saul, his life was changed forever, even his name changed. He went from on his way to persecute Christians to asking Jesus what He wanted Him to do. Saul was not only blind, but he fasted for three days. It was the perfect opportunity for God to speak to Him. (Acts 9:11- And the Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street and find the house of a man named Judas and ask there for Saul of Tarsus. He is praying to me right now, for) 

Sometimes we have a plan and God completely wrecks it. (Proverbs 16:1- We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.) God will stop you right in your tracks. Saul didn’t even reach Damascus before going blind and by time he got there he was going for a completely different reason.

2.   What's one way that has God changed you?

Many people defend their lifestyles by saying “God says come as you are”. Yes, God does want us to seek Him, but as we do He doesn’t want us to stay the way we are, as we get closer to God we should be changing. As you study the Bible you see that God continuously asks us to come to Him so that He can mold us into His image. (James 4:8- And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to Him.)

Psalm 51

3.   What verse stands out to you and why? 

Titus 3:3-8

We all were evil just like Paul, but then Jesus appeared and some synonyms for appear are come to light or exposed. Jesus exposed Paul’s sins from heaven. He exposes our sins because He wants us to change. Paul had to go through what He went through so He could be transformed. 

The Gospel is good news. It’s good news that yes all have fell short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) because of what Adam did, but  Jesus came and died on the cross for our sins. He came and reversed what Adam did, by taking our place on the cross. (Romans 3:21-22- But now God has shown us a different way to heaven —not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says He will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like.) In order to trust that Jesus took away our sins, we have to repent. Jesus preached “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Repent means to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the change of one's life. The Good News is that God’s love leads to repentance which leads to a changed lifestyle. 

Ephesians 4:22-24

Romans 6

If our lifestyle doesn’t change after we get saved, we need to ask ourselves “what exactly did we get saved from?”

The scales that fell off Paul’s eyes, resemble spiritual blindness. People need to know that they’re sinners, but they also need to know that they don’t have to be because God made the ultimate sacrifice when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. 

Psalm 119:18-20

Without God in our lives we’re walking around blind. After being exposed Paul immediately asked Jesus what He wanted Him to do because He knew that He was living wrong. Deep down we all long for God’s instructions. Our life was never our own. How can we know what to do with a life that isn’t ours? We need God’s guidance. 

Ephesians 5:1-14

We have to tell people about Jesus because it lets them know that the way they’re living is wrong whether they accept it or not. We had to be told about Jesus because before Him we were living wrong. Thankfully God exposed our sins so that we could come to the truth by realizing that we were sinners and repent so that He could transform us into the person He created us to be. Thank God for our Damascus Experience. 

4.   What did you get out of today’s lesson?