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Jan 13, 2019 | Tom Mertz

Recalculating | Zealot Part 2 | St. George

Series Goal: Don’t turn your passion into a WEAPON.

Saul was raging against GRACE.

Acts 9:1-2 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:3-6 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Irony: Saul was ARRESTED by the one he was seeking to ARREST.

God often confronts us in the place of our deepest NEED and BROKENNESS.

Acts 26:14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

Question: Why do people rage against grace?

Answer: Grace displaces our number one IDOL: the need to be SIGNIFICANT on our own and apart from God.

Philippians 3:4-9 …If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Bottom Line: God breaks us where we are most BROKEN, and then he REMAKES us.

Discussion Questions:

1. If you identify as a follower of Jesus Christ, share with your group the circumstances surrounding your point of conversion.

2. Read Acts 9:1-6, Acts 26:14. Share your observations about Saul’s internal struggles.

3. One of the points in this message was, Saul was raging against grace. What does that mean? Before you got saved, did the idea of salvation by grace upset you in anyway? Please share.

4. Read Philippians 3:4-9. Identify and discuss the things that Saul listed that at one time he believed would make him worthy before God.

5. What did Saul think about those things after he accepted Jesus.

6. Do you still struggle with Salvation by grace alone? Please explain.

7. Like Saul, is there a place in your life where you are broken and you need a confrontation with God?

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