Recalculating | Zealot Part 2 | South Jordan
QUESTION: What do you do in the aftermath of being all in only to find out you were all WRONG?
Option #1: Become APATHETIC
Is it true that truth isn’t important?
Option #2: Become AGNOSTIC
Are you certain that certainty is wrong?
Option #3: Shift your ALLEGIANCE
Acts 9:10-14 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
SERIES THESIS: God changes people we don’t.
Theories of this kind are, in fact, a bit like what happens when people who have never seen a neon sign are suddenly confronted with one--but in the script of a foreign language. They spend their time wondering how on earth it lights up like that, without even realizing that the sign is saying something. --N.T. Wright (Paul, A Biography)
WARNING: Stories don’t form our doctrine but they get our attention.
Acts 26:24-25 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.
CAUTION: The solution to believing a lie isn’t PARTIAL commitment to the truth.
Acts 26:26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Just because you got it wrong doesn’t mean something is wrong with you.
Just because you got lost doesn’t mean the destination doesn’t exist.
Telling Your Story….
1. Before trusting Jesus I believed…
2. I realized I needed Jesus when...
3. The things that convince me the Gospel is true are…
4. Here’s how my life is different now…
Small Group Questions:
1. Tell a story about a time you were wrong. When you realize you are wrong, what’s typically your next move? Why?
2. Read Acts 9:1-31, Saul’s conversion story. What stands out to you as interesting or important? Why?
3. Paul shifted his allegiance and recalculated his life around Jesus. What beliefs or ideas have you had to recalculate over the years?
4. Read Acts 26:1-32. What can we learn about sharing our story from the way Paul shared his story?
5. Look again at the 4 prompts for sharing your story that we talked about in the message. Which prompt is easiest to finish and which is most difficult? Why? Can you complete all four for your group and share your story?