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Music……………………..Worship Team
Real Love
Welcome……………………….Bill Butler
Music……………………..Worship Team
Echo
How Can It Be
So Will I (100 Billion X)
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“Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.  And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

-Acts 9:15-16

For several days Saul stayed with the Lord’s followers in Damascus.  Soon he went to the Jewish meeting places and started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God.  Everyone who heard Saul was amazed and said, “Isn’t this the man who caused so much trouble for those people in Jerusalem who worship in the name of Jesus? Didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them to the chief priests?” Saul preached with such power that he completely confused the Jewish people in Damascus, as he tried to show them that Jesus is the Messiah. Later some of them made plans to kill Saul, but he found out about it. He learned that they were guarding the gates of the city day and night in order to kill him. Then one night his followers let him down over the city wall in a large basket. When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers. But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower.

-Acts 9:19-26

1. Even though I’m chosen, chances are very strong that I will be .

Then Barnabas brought Saul to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.  He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him.

-Acts 9:27-29

You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

-1 John 4:4

2. Even though I am chosen, God may take than I to me.

When all this happened to me I didn’t go at once and talk it over with anyone else; I didn’t go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. No, I went away into the deserts of Arabia and then came back to the city of Damascus. It was not until three years later that I finally went to Jerusalem for a visit with Peter and stayed there with him for fifteen days.

-Galatians 1:16-18

Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing.

-Galatians 2:1-2

3. Even though I am chosen, I may still .

What God is doing is just as important as what God is doing me

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

-2 Corinthians 4:8-10

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Why is it sometimes hard to believe that you have been chosen by God to do great things on His behalf

2. Of today’s 3 main points which one can you most relate to right now? Why?

3. In what ways does Paul’s story inspire you for your own story?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?