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31 OCTOBER 2017 – Acts 19:1-10 (NIV)

Scripture

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

Reflection

Saul went to the city of Damascus to persecute people who belonged to a religious movement called, “The Way”. For many years yet to come people will continue to think that “The Way” is just another branch of the larger movement called Judaism but Saul knew different. Even before he believed, he knew that this faith expression was different, something had changed, consider it dangerous or the best news you have ever heard; we are not going back the way we came (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • How might this passage change how we live?
  • What action points can you take to apply this passage in your life?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for Ignite Kids at SCF.

 

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By |2017-10-26T11:48:02+08:00October 31st, 2017|Week 1|0 Comments

30 OCTOBER 2017 – Acts 9:10-19 (NIV)

Scripture

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Reflection

The details in this short story are amazing. Ananias, a Christian, is told in a vision to go and pray for the man who has been persecuting Christians, lay hands on him to restore his sight. This man, called Saul, is expecting someone, named Ananias, (he knows the name because he has been told in his own vision). Visions, names, addresses . . . it’s all been arranged, now all the Lord needs is a willing obedient person to go (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • How might this passage change how we live?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on SCF

 

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