Acts Chapter 9
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Question & things to think about from chapter 9
 
1)   What do you think were Saul’s reasons for persecuting the church? What did he find so distressing in the message of the apostles?
 
2)   Take a few minutes and read Acts 22:4-21, Acts 26:12-20, and Galatians 1:11-17. In these three passages Paul recounts the story of his conversion. However, there are some differences: What are they, and how do you reconcile them?
 
3)   God calls Ananias to go heal Saul and bring him into the church. Ananias is, not surprisingly, somewhat reluctant to do this as he knows who Saul is. Imagine God telling you that someone like Colonel Khaddafi or Saddam Hussein is in Houghton Regis and you must go and heal him. How would you feel? What would you do?
 
4)   Saul immediately starts preaching in the synagogues in Damascus and “proving that Jesus is the Christ”. What do you think his arguments would have been, since he had only just become a Christian himself?
 
5)   When he goes back to Jerusalem they are again suspicious of him. He is introduced as a brother now by Barnabas. What does the name Barnabas mean? What else do you know about him?

6)   At the end of the chapter is the story of Peter raising Dorcas from the dead. Does this story ring any bells? Where have you seen a very similar story? (Hint: if you need to, look at Mark 5:39-43). Could the woman’s name in this story have brought the earlier story to Peter’s mind?