SAUL TO PAUL – A Changed Life For God’s Glory – Galatians 1:11-24

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on May 25, 2014 in Sermons, Uncategorized |

Sermon on Sunday, May 25, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate

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Sermon Outline

SAUL TO PAUL
A CHANGED LIFE FOR GOD’S GLORY

Galatians 1:11-24

For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become except James, the Lord’s brother. (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; but only, they kept hearing, “He who once because of me.
Galatians 1:11-24

 

SAUL-LIFE BEFORE MEETING JESUS

  • For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions.

–      Galatians 1:13-14

 

  •  “So then, all Jews know my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and at Jerusalem; since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.

–      Acts 26:4-5

 

  • although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

–      Philippians 3:4-6

 

SAUL-PERSECUTOR OF CHRISTIANS

  • But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep. Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

–      Acts 7:57-8:1

 

SAUL-PERSECUTOR OF CHRISTIANS

  • “So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. “And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I cast my vote against them. “And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.

–      Acts 26:9-11

 

PAUL TO SAUL – HIS CONVERSION

  • For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

–      Galatians 1:11-12

 

  •  “While so engaged as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me. “And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ “And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.

 

  •  ‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

–      Acts 26:12-18

 

PAUL’S LIFE AFTER CONVERSION

  • But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.

 

  • Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

–      Galatians 1:15-21

 

A CHANGED LIFE FOR GOD’S GLORY

  • I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they were glorifying God because of me.

–      Galatians 1:22-24

 

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE FOR GOD’S GLORY

  • A FULFILLING LIFE
  • USING YOUR SPECIAL GIFT (Purposeful Life)
  • WORD, PRAYER, AND DEEDS (Practice)
  • GLORIFYING GOD (Meaning of life)
  • FOUNDATION- CHRIST AND THE CROSS (Salvation)

 

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

PAUL TO SAUL- A changed life for God’s glory

Galatians 1:11-24

1. Share a time when you made a drastic life change.

 

2. Read Galatians 1:13-14; Acts 26:4-5; Philippians 3:4-6.  What kind of man was Saul before Jesus?  Who do you think is harder to convert, someone with a religious background or someone without?

 

3. Read Acts 7:57-8:1.  What was Saul apart of in his early years?  Read Acts 26:9-11. What impact did that have on Saul? What did he fervently spend his life doing?  Why do you think he did this?  Have you ever met someone hostile towards your faith?

 

4. Saul says that he did not receive the Gospel from man but from Jesus Himself.  Read Galatians 1:11-12; Acts 9:1-20.  Why do you think Jesus selected someone as apposed to the Gospel as Saul to reveal Himself to?  Saul was a highly religious Jew, who did Jesus tell him to share the Gospel with, predominantly?  Why might this be hard for Saul? Why do you think Jesus sent him to a group that he opposed once and new little about as apposed to reaching back to his Jewish people?

 

5. Read Acts 9:18-22.  How long did Paul wait till after being filled with the Holy Spirit to be baptized?  Why do some churches make people wait a long time to be baptized? How long did Paul wait to start proclaiming Jesus to non-believers?  What are you waiting on?

 

6. Why do people with a more dramatic conversions often speak more boldly and passionately (Read Luke 7:47-48)?  Should it be this way?  Shouldn’t we all be passionate since we have all been forgiven so much? What will it take to make you more passionate and bold?

 

7. Read Galatians 1:22-24.  What was the result of Paul’s conversion?  How can you demonstrate a changed/different life that will make people give God glory?

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