by Roby Ellis
A. Saul set out for Damascus with the intention of arresting all the Christians he could find in the synagogues there, but when he arrived, he preached that Jesus is the Christ.
B. When Saul of Tarsus was converted, he left no room for doubt in anyone’s mind that he was changed forever.
I. In Saul’s conversion, we see a dramatic change in him.
A. There was a change in his perspective (Acts 26:9).
B. There was a change in his purpose (Acts 9:1-2, 20-25).
C. There was a change in his prayers (Matthew 6:5; Acts 9:11).
D. There was a change in his priorities (Philippians 3:3-11).
E. There was a change in his pursuits (Acts 26:11; 1 Corinthians 14:1).
F. There was a change in his proof of authority (Acts 9:1; 23:5; Hebrews 4:14; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 5:4-5; Philippians 2:9).
II. Why is Saul’s conversion important to us today?
A. It serves as substantial evidence for Christ’s resurrection (Galatians 1:10-24; 6:12; 1 Corinthians 15:8).
B. It proves that even the vilest of men can change (1 Timothy 1:15-16).
C. It inspires me to be more dedicated to the God of heaven (Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 4:13).
A. Naaman the Syrian found cleansing in the waters of Israel, whereas Saul the Israelite found cleansing in the waters of Syria. Nevertheless, both were cleansed by the power of God.
B. Will you allow God to change your heart?