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UNDENIABLE: WHAT EVEN SKEPTICS BELIEVE

AD: EASTER WAS JUST THE BEGINNING

ACTS 9:1-17

Daniel Cassels

May 23, 2015

…but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. (reteP 1 3:51 HCSB)

Saul’s encounter with Christ…

1. GAVE HIM A NEW ________________

On the contrary, what does it say?

The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:8–13 HCSB)

2. CHANGED HIS _____________

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. (Acts 9:1–2 HCSB)

The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.

(2 Timothy 2:24–25 HCSB)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)

(Galatians 1:18-20) (Galatians 2:1-10) (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

3. AFFECTED HIS ______________

So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you can regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:17 HCSB)

To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so I may become a partner in its benefits.

(1 Corinthians 9:22–23 HCSB)

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:27 HCSB)

(NIV – New International Version) (ESV – English Standard Version) (HCSB – Holman Christian Standard Bible)

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