In Acts 9:19–31, we see how Jesus Christ changed Paul’s purpose, problems, and perspective. Just as Jesus did for Paul, so too does He long to change our life as well. We would do well to pay attention to the lessons from this powerful passage in Acts!
- In reference to a C. S. Lewis quote, JP said that while God intends to build us into a palace for Himself to live in, we are often content with a nice little cottage. JP also referenced how a couple who is committed to “fixer upper” houses in Waco, Texas has changed the real estate market, making Waco one of the hottest real estate markets in America. In Acts 9, we see Christ commit to one of the greatest “fixer upper” projects the world has ever seen with Saul. Is God still into the “fixer upper” business? How has He done this in your life? Are you allowing for His Spirit to use you to help fix up other “houses” in the neighborhood of life He has you in? What does this look like?
- In Acts 9:19–22, we see how Jesus changed Paul’s purpose. Previously, Paul’s purpose had been to persecute Christians that he thought were opposing true worship of God (see Acts 22:3–5). Now, Paul’s purpose was to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to all who didn’t know Him! How has Christ changed your purpose? What would your family members, friends, or co-workers say your purpose in life is?
- In Acts 9:23–30, we see how Jesus changed Paul’s problems. Previously, Paul’s biggest problem was Christians. Now, his biggest problem was how he could share the good news of Jesus Christ with non-Christians before they killed him (see 2 Corinthians 11:22–33). JP said that our problems are changed by Christ, not taken away (John 16:33). He also said that the problem with the pursuit of happiness is that it is not necessarily a pursuit of what is true, but what makes you feel good. How is mainstream culture’s pursuit different than the pursuit of truth and faithfulness to God? How have you misunderstood what the Christian journey—the Way—is?
- In Acts 9:31 we see how the Holy Spirit strengthened and encouraged the church throughout Galilee and Samaria, promoting a living in fear of the Lord rather than man. That is, the Holy Spirit opened their eyes to a Christian worldview, changing their perspective. How has Christ changed your perspective on life? Do you desire to have a biblical/Christian perspective in life? If so, how are you going about ensuring this will happen?
- If agnosticism is your worldview (agnosticism is the idea that truth can’t ultimately be known), what will be your values, beliefs, and behaviors? What about a Christian/biblical worldview? Talk about how your worldview impacts your values, beliefs, and behaviors.
Below you'll find the slides that JP used in this week's message.