Bible Reading – Acts 9

Saul is Converted (9:1-22). Saul wanting to murder the Lord’s disciples was approaching Damascus when suddenly Jesus confronted him. This confrontation led to Saul’s conversion and the persecutor became a witness for Jesus.

Saul and the Jews (9:23-31). Saul went from being the persecutor to the persecuted. He had to escape from Damascus because the Jews plotted to kill him. Saul tried to join the disciples in Jerusalem, but they were afraid of him. However, through Barnabas’ help the apostles accepted Saul. Again, Saul’s boldness of speaking in the name of the Lord prompted the Greek-speaking Jews to try to kill him and the brothers sent him away to Tarsus.

Peter and the Saints (9:32-43). Meanwhile in Lydda, Peter healed Aeneas, resulting in many turning to the Lord. He then resurrected a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means Dorcas), and many believed in the Lord.

Practical Lessons: (1) Don’t become obsessed with one name. The believers are described in multiple ways – e.g., “the Lord’s disciples” (9:1), “the Way” (9:2), “saints” (9:13), “the brothers” (9:30), “the church” (9:31). (2) To persecute the church is to persecute Jesus (see 8:1; 9:1, 5).  (3) The truth about Jesus has the power to radically change lives (see 1 Timothy 1:12-15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).