Synagogue Showdown (Acts 9)


Rev. Clint Smith
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  • (v.1-3) Saul traveled to the Damascus synagogues to destroy the people of the Way. He had high priest authority and blessing.
  • (v.4-6) Saul had a spiritual encounter with Jesus on the road leading to Damascus.
  • (v.7-9) Saul was blinded by the brightness of the light which appeared all around him and had to be led by his men to Judas’ home on Straight Street. While fasting three days, he received a vision of a man named Ananias coming to pray for him.
  • (v. 10-17) Ananias did come, he prayed, and Saul regained his sight.
  • (v. 18-19) Saul was healed and immediately got up and was baptized.
  • (v. 20-22) Saul left Jerusalem to arrest all in the Damascus synagogues who preached Jesus as the Son of God. As God would have it, Saul is saved and begins to immediately preach in the same synagogues where he was sent to destroy the people of the Way.
  • Like Saul, to be a faithful follower of Jesus we must come to the realization that our whole life must be surrendered to Him. We must trust our salvation in Him alone.
  • Like Saul, we should be baptized immediately following our salvation experience. Baptism does not save us but demonstrates to all that we are followers of the Way.
  • Like Saul, we must be prepared to give an answer for our faith. We must know the Holy Scriptures. We must prepare ourselves to engage the culture. (Acts 9:20; 22:1-21; 26:1-23; Galatians 1:11-24)
  • Like Saul, we must walk in the fear of the Lord, not the fear of man. Saul was threatened with his life for preaching Jesus.
  • Like Saul, the Holy Spirit will lead us in the path we should walk. Remember as we follow Jesus, He promised never to leave us nor forsake us. (Matthew 28:18-20)