Saul on Road to Damascus

Acts 9:1-16 ~ The “Bind-er” Becomes the “Bind-ee”

This week slowed our pace to take a closer look at Saul’s Damascus Road experience. Rather than focusing on the details of the event, we zoomed out to discuss the story behind the story. We explored how Saul’s life was dramatically and forever changed following his personal encounter with the risen Christ: We examined Saul’s “before” and “after” illustrating how he who had set out to bind instead became the one who was bound.

We also discussed the vision of Ananias, a Damascene disciple who was reluctant to visit Saul in his distress. We found it interesting that the two were having similar visions around the same time, and we were reminded how God often calls us out of our comfort zones to do things He’s already coordinated for us to do. Our only job is to pay attention and act when prompted.

>> Click to read this week’s passages in KJV, CSB, ESV, NIV: Acts 9:1-19a

Acts 9:1-16 ~ The “Bind-er” Becomes the “Bind-ee”

Saul’s Damascus Road Experience; Ananias’ Vision; Saul’s Fasting & Vision

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.

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🔎 Click to enlarge – Google Map of Damascus – Satellite photo allows you to see Straight Street cutting right through the middle of town.

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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