Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible StudySession 1: What Is Your Game Plan? November 23, 2014
This Week's Study and Preparation
- Read “Study It” on pages 16 – 17 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
- Read Acts 9:1-19
Acts 9:1-19 (NLT) Saul’s Conversion
1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.
3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 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. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.
10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”
13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”
15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
17 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.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.
Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.
"Study It" (Continued)
Discuss the following questions by posting a comment below, or replying to another comment.
- What do you think Saul was thinking and feeling when verses 5-6 and 9 took place? Explain.
- Compare and contrast Saul’s plan in verses 1-2 with God’s plan in verses 15-16. What does your comparison suggest about how God works in our lives?
- How has God interrupted your game plan for life? What good has come or may come from that interruption?
- How can that knowledge help you when you encounter future interruptions?
Be In Touch
Check in with your Accountability Partner at least once this week. Take some time this week to share with one another something you are thankful for. Be sure to encourage each other in the Quiet Strength study, and be in prayer for each other's needs and requests.