Acts 9:19-43 Saul Preaches in Damascus

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For several days Saul stayed with the Lord’s followers in Damascus. 20 Soon he went to the synagogues and started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 Everyone who heard Saul was amazed and said,

22 Saul preached with such power that he completely confused the Jewish people in Damascus, as he tried to show them that Jesus is the Messiah.

23  Later some of them made plans to kill Saul, 24 but he found out about it. He learned that they were guarding the gates of the city day and night in order to kill him. 25 Then one night his followers let him down over the city wall in a large basket.

26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers. But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower. 27 Then Barnabas helped him by taking him to the apostles. He explained how Saul had seen the Lord and how the Lord had spoken to him. Barnabas also said when Saul was in Damascus, he had spoken bravely in the name of Jesus.

28 Saul moved about freely with the followers in Jerusalem and told everyone about the Lord. 29 He was always arguing with the Jews who spoke Greek, and so they tried to kill him. 30 But the followers found out about this and took Saul to Caesarea. From there they sent him to the city of Tarsus.

31 The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria now had a time of peace and kept on worshiping the Lord. The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.

22 Saul preached with such power that he completely confused the Jewish people in Damascus, as he tried to show them that Jesus is the Messiah.

  • Today’s Verse…

27 Then Barnabas helped him by taking him to the apostles. He explained how Saul had seen the Lord and how the Lord had spoken to him. Barnabas also said when Saul was in Damascus, he had spoken bravely in the name of Jesus.

  • Today’s Challenge

28 Saul moved about freely with the followers in Jerusalem and told everyone about the Lord. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

A lass engaged does set the scene,

For God to come and intervene.

This lass of all the human race,

Was chosen for God’s act of grace.

A message to the lass was given,

Of God’s concern for men forgiven.

For without God man could not cope,

And it was time to bring men hope.

As the time for Christ’s birth drew near,

They moved on to another sphere.

To Bethlehem was the decree,

As God had said in prophecy.

At this the devil did engage,

And evil men became enraged.

All babies not two years of age,

Were murdered by a savage sage.

God’s warning stood them in good stead,

As outlawed, they to Egypt fled,

But before long Herod was dead,

So home they went as prophets said.

Man’s broken lives God wished to mend,

So here the story does not end.

For God His Son in love did send,

And did in love His body rend.

Now to God we may freely come,

Only because He gave His Son.

Respond then to what His coming means,

Or for you, it need not have been.

Repent before it is too late

And we can join God’s family.

He will then our Father be,

And be with us eternally.

——(John M. Dunning)

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