Baggage – Part 3: Glorify God

Baggage – Part 3: Glorify God

Acts 9:1-9; 17-20

Series Memory Verse: “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” Psalm 119:45 (p.469)

  • I Will Use My Freedom To Glorify God.  
  1. Recognize God’s voice.

“As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?’ ‘Who are you, lord?’ Saul asked. And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!’” Acts 9:3-5 (p.837)

  1. Follow God’s directions to freedom.

“‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’ The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.” Acts 9:6-9 (p.838)

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 (p.883)

  1.  Live in the freedom of your new life.

“So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.” Acts 9:17-18 (p.838)

“For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers.” 1 Peter 2:16-17a (p.935)

My Next Step This Week:

____ I’m asking God to open my eyes to where I’m not glorifying Him so I can live in His freedom.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

One Thing: I Will Use My Freedom To Glorify God.

Key Verse: “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” Psalm 119:45
Bible References: Paul’s Conversion Acts 9:1-9; 17-20

CONVERSATION STARTER

// What are some examples where you’ve seen people giving glory to God?

WEEKEND REVIEW

  1. Recognize God’s voice. 
  2. Follow God’s directions to freedom. 
  3. Live in the freedom of your new life. 

// Was there anything that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you from this weekend’s talk?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

// Read Galatians 5:13-14 (p.893).

  • According to this verse, how can we glorify God as we live in His freedom?
  • In what ways do you serve others in your life?

// Read Acts 9:1-2 (p.837).

  • What words stand out about how Paul felt toward Christians?
  • Why do you think God chose to transform Paul?
  • Why do you think that God allows us to come to Him with our baggage and background and allow Him to transform us?

// Read Acts 9:3-9 (p.837). Saul experiences something shocking – he is blind for 3 days.

  • Why do you think Jesus had to go to this extreme with Paul?
  • Why do you think we are reluctant to let go of our baggage and live in the freedom we are given as followers of Jesus?

// We often don’t feel that we are worthy to be forgiven and live in forgiveness. We look at our baggage and we question if Jesus is really going to set us free from it. Read the truth from John 8:36 (p.817)

  • What prevents you from living in the freedom that is promised to us as followers of Jesus?
  • Do you worry that God will be able to use you, even with your baggage? Why or why not?  

// Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 (p.876).

  • In what ways can you glorify God this week? Brainstorm with your group.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Paul was a Pharisee, a leader within Judaism, who actively participated in the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus. He had a desire to root out the early Christians. He actively pursued followers of Jesus, who at that time were known as The Way, whom he regarded as breaking the laws that he believed in. Paul was carrying letters of extradition to Damascus when he experienced the light from heaven and heard a voice. Paul experienced a fundamental and radical change of mind, heart, and a to call to action that day that would lead him to be transformed. Paul would go from persecuting Christians to writing a huge portion of the New Testament in the Bible.

Next Step: _____ I’m asking God to open my eyes to where I’m not glorifying Him so I can live in His freedom.

DIGGING DEEPER

Read one passage daily from below. At the end of each day, reflect on how you gave glory to God through everything you did.

Psalm 96:1-9 (p.457), Habakkuk 2:14 (p.713), Psalm 115:1 (p.467), John 14:13 (p.823), Isaiah 25:1 (p.535)

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