Sunday May 24, 2015 –Romans 10:9 – “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.

Here are minimal facts, Jesus actually lived and was Jewish. Jesus was executed by crucifixion by Pilate, the Roman procurator. Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of His female followers three days after His crucifixion. His disciples believed Jesus appeared to them after His death. Saul of Tarsus was transformed after claiming to see the risen Jesus. –Dwayne Terry

A Changed Life

AD, Part 08

The Minimal Facts

  1. Jesus actually lived and was Jewish.
  2. Jesus was executed by crucifixion by Pilate, the Roman procurator.
  3. Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of His female followers three days after His crucifixion.
  4. His disciples believed Jesus appeared to them after His death.
  5. Saul of Tarsus was transformed after claiming to see the risen Jesus.

Acts 9:1-6 – Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

History’s Most Famous Convert

  1. Saul’s encounter with Christ gave him a new life mission.
  2. Saul’s encounter with Christ changed his character.

2 Timothy 2:24-25 – And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

  1. Saul’s encounter with Christ affected his relationships.
  2. Saul’s encounter with Christ made him willing to suffer for the sake of his faith.
  3. Saul’s encounter with Christ caused him to ground his faith in the truth of Scripture, not just personal experience.

How The Facts Apply

Isaiah 53:5 – “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”

Deuteronomy 30:19 – “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”.

Romans 10:9 – “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.