1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 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. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:1 – 6)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
A big thank you to all who participated in our warmup Bible Study last week. We will now commence our review of 11 Disciplines, starting with Bible Study. As always, our aim is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Disciplines in deepening our relationship with God.
Our theme this year challenges us to test whether we are “pulling our weight” in advancing God’s kingdom. How does Bible Study help us to pull our weight? We will consider this question over the next three days.
Our scripture passage for the day captures Saul’s conversion and his call to service as the apostle Paul. Wouldn’t we all like to have that kind of specific/dramatic call (maybe without going blind temporarily 😊)? Rarely do Christians experience that kind of specificity in calling through Bible Study but we know that the Bible is an essential direction setting tool (“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” – Psalm 119:105).
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Question & Request
Question: In what ways is Bible Study crucial to us determining what God wants us to do even if we might not get specific directions from our studies?