Sermon: Monday 11th May

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Preached on 11th May 2020
(5th of Easter)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

  Acts 9:1-20

The Conversion of Saul

 

1In the meantime Saul kept up his violent threats of murder against the followers of the Lord. He went to the High Priest 2and asked for letters of introduction to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he should find there any followers of the Way of the Lord, he would be able to arrest them, both men and women, and bring them back to Jerusalem.

3As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, suddenly a light from the sky flashed round him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?”

5“Who are you, Lord?” he asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you persecute,” the voice said. 6“But get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you must do.”

7The men who were travelling with Saul had stopped, not saying a word; they heard the voice but could not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes, but could not see a thing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. 9For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he did not eat or drink anything.

10There was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. He had a vision, in which the Lord said to him, “Ananias!”

“Here I am, Lord,” he answered.

11The Lord said to him, “Get ready and go to Straight Street, and at the house of Judas ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying,12and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he might see again.”

13Ananias answered, “Lord, many people have told me about this man and about all the terrible things he has done to your people in Jerusalem. 14And he has come to Damascus with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who worship you.”

15The Lord said to him, “Go, because I have chosen him to serve me, to make my name known to Gentiles and kings and to the people of Israel.16And I myself will show him all that he must suffer for my sake.”

17So Ananias went, entered the house where Saul was, and placed his hands on him. “Brother Saul,” he said, “the Lord has sent me — Jesus himself, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18At once something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized; 19and after he had eaten, his strength came back.

Saul Preaches in Damascus

Saul stayed for a few days with the believers in Damascus. 20He went straight to the synagogues and began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/read/eng/GNB/Acts/9/highlight:1/

 

Singing the Faith 556

 

Just As I Am Without One Plea

Verse 1

Just as I am without one plea
But that you died to set me free
And at your bidding 'Come to me'
O Lamb of God I come

 

Verse 2

Just as I am though tossed about
With many a conflict many a doubt
Fightings within and fears without
O Lamb of God I come

 

Verse 3

Just as I am You will receive
Will welcome pardon cleanse relieve
Because your promise I believe
O Lamb of God I come

Verse 4

Just as I am Your love unknown
Has broken every barrier down
Now to be yours yes yours alone
O Lamb of God I come

 

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