STANDARD LESSON COMMENTARY - August 20, 2017
Study on Acts 9: 10-20

BACKGROUND
    1. Give a biographical sketch of Saul (Paul) before he was converted to         Christianity.
        Acts 7:57-58
        Acts 8:1-3
        Acts 9:1-3
        Acts 22:3-5
        Acts 26:9-11
        Galatians 1:13-14
        Philippians 3:5-6

I. SAUL’S PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH: ACTS 9:1-2
    2. How did Saul try to silence the infant Church? To whom did he go to         for authorization? Acts 9:1
    3. What was Saul’s goal in handling Christians? Acts 9:2a
    4. What was his destination? Locate on a New Testament map. 
        Acts 9:2bc
    5. What were the early Christians called? Why was this an appropriate         name? Acts 9:2; John 14:6
    6. What motivated Saul to persecute the Church? Acts 26:9-10;         Philippians 3:6; 1 Tim. 1:13

II. SAUL’S CONVERSION EXPERIENCE: ACTS 9:3-9
    7. Describe what happened to Saul during his conversion experience on         the Damascus Road:
        a. How was Saul interrupted from his mission of terror? What time did             it occur? Acts 9:3; 22:6
        b. What was Saul asked? Acts 9:4
        c. What was Saul’s initial reaction? Acts 9:5a
        d. Who questioned Saul? Acts 9:5b
        e. What was Saul commanded to do? Acts 9:6
    8. In what ways was Saul persecuting Christ even though he had not         persecuted Christ physically? Matthew 25:40, 45
    9. Paul had a dramatic conversion. Do you feel all conversions must be         dramatic? Why or why not?
  10. How did Saul’s conversion experience affect those traveling with him?         Acts 9:7
  11. What was Saul’s physical condition after his conversion? Why do you         think so? Acts 9:8-9

Ill. SAUL’S MENTOR: ACTS 9:10-18
  12. Whom did God choose to first minister to Saul? How was this person         contacted? Acts 9:10
  13. Why do you think this person was chosen?
  14. Where was Saul to be found? Acts 9:11
  15. How was Ananias to first help Saul? Was Saul aware of what was to         happen? Acts 9:12
  16. What was Saul doing between his encounter with the Lord and         Ananias’ visit? Acts 9:9,11b
  17. What was Ananias’ reluctance? Why? Acts 9:13-14
  18. Does Ananias’ misgiving mean he had lack of faith? Why or why not?
  19. What relieved Ananias’ apprehension? Acts 9:15a
  20. What were God’s plans for Saul? Acts 9:15-16
  21. What did Ananias do for Saul? Acts 9:17-18

IV. SAUL’S NEW LIFE: ACTS 9:19-20
  22. What did Saul do after his conversion, baptism, and receiving the Holy         Spirit? Acts 9:19-20
  23. What was the response to Saul’s preaching? Acts 9:21, 23
  24. How did Saul grow in the Lord? Ads 9:22
  25. Who would this Saul be later known as? Acts 13:9
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