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Acts: Chapter 9

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Acts 9:1-17 tell how Saul, persecutor of the new Christian Church was converted to Christianity. The moving account is well worth reading.
We noted that the early Christians were referred to as being “of this way” in Acts 9:2.

We observed that Saul was a brave dedicated young man. In Acts 9:5, Jesus say’s “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks. The phrase refers to a horse kicking against the rider’s spurs or an ox kicking against a goad. It seemed that Saul was possibly aware of the truth about Jesus but his important position meant too much to him.

We noted Acts 9:9. Saul stayed at the house in Straight Street for three days, blind and alone. He refused food and drink. He had the company of Judas and could have talked to him. We imagined he would be reliving the event that was to change his life, praying and remembering Old Testament prophesies about the Messiah.

Acts 9:10-19 tell us how Ananias was sent by Jesus to heal Saul’s blindness. Acts 9:15 shows Jesus’ purpose for Saul. He received his sight, was baptised, then he ate and was strengthened.

In Acts 9:20-25 we read that Paul began to preach Christ in the synagogues. This was such a transformation from the persecutor to fellow worker for Christ. Saul was clever and proved to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. But the Jews wanted to kill Saul so he escaped and went to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:26-30 tells us of Saul’s brief stay in Jerusalem, but it wasn’t safe for him there so he went to his home town of Tarsus.

Acts 9:31 records that the Christians had spread and increased in number. Saul was no longer persecuting them and they had a chance to establish themselves.

Acts 9:32-35 we see that Peter Healed Aeneas, a lame man. Consequently all the people in Lydda and Saron joined the church.

Acts 9:36-42 speaks of a kind lady Called Dorcas who became ill and died. She lived in Joppa, near Lydda and the believers sent for Peter. His gift of the holy spirit enabled him to raise her from the dead.

Although the group has been running for several months, new members are always welcome, you do not have to have any knowledge of the Bible, just a desire to allow it to speak the truth about God’s plan and purpose.

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Mark 8

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Read Online: AV NIV The Bible reading group continues to be enjoyable and thought provoking. The setting for chapter 8

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