October 15, 2011
Throughout history God has surprised many of us by calling us “Qualified” to do things we didn’t particularly feel qualified to do.
This is easy to see in the case of Saul, aka the Apostle Paul.
Before meeting Jesus, Saul’s life goal was to persecute and kill Christians. His passion was to snuff out the church.
But when Jesus appeared to Saul, in a moment he turned his life around. In the passage we are studying this week, we see that Saul’s response to his calling as a Christian evangelist was to “immediately” proclaim Jesus in a very public way.
What can we learn from this part of the story of the early church?
1) Jesus turns his enemies into friends.
2) Being qualified by God is a measure of grace, and not anything else.
3) In God’s economy, nothing in our lives is wasted. God can even use our mistakes to advance the mission of love and reconciliation.
Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called If God calls you ‘Qualified’, then you are Qualified! based on Acts 9:19-22.
October 2, 2011
How does God feel about our enemies?
You could hardly find a more violent enemy that Saul was to the early church. Not only did he join in with the persecution and murder of Christians, he also hunted them down in other cities for the purpose of attacking them.
But something happened to Saul on the road to Damascus in the hunt for Christians.
Jesus encountered Saul in the form of a bright light and told Saul that he was now going to work for Him. The light also happened to knock Saul down and blind him.
And then, Annanias, a faithful disciple of Jesus in Damascus, was asked to go and pray for Saul so that his sight could be restored.
After some struggle, Annanias went and prayed for Saul, a great enemy of the church!
Again and again, Jesus asks Christians to pray for and love our enemies. We never know what will happen. Sometimes, we may have the opportunity to join in with a divine reconciliation! Just like Annanis did with Saul.
Who are your enemies? Who opposes you? What if we ask God to show us His divine plan to love them? And then what if we pray for them along those lines? And then what if God asks us to be part of the piece of love that brings reconcilation? Just like Annanias was.
Check it out ahead of time at Acts 9:1-19.
Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “God extends love to our enemies…then asks us to do the same”.