What Happened After Saul’s Conversion?

Text: Acts 9:18-26

He Took Food and was Strengthened (v. 19)

  • Had been fasting & praying (v. 9,11) — sign of godly sorrow
  • After baptism, his fast ended (v. 19) — Why? … his sins were forgiven in baptism (Acts 22:16)
  • Important — this came after baptism, not after prayer

He Began to Proclaim Jesus (v. 20)

  • This shows conviction
  • Also shows a desire to save others (Romans 10:1)
  • We must be able to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15)

He Suffered Consequences (v. 23-26)

  • Becoming a Christian does not guarantee an easy life (Luke 9:23)
  • Saul faced persecution from his former brethren (v. 23-25) — others will notice that we are different (1 Peter 4:3-4)
  • Saul faced skepticism from his new brethren (v. 26)

He Tried to Associate with the Disciples (v. 26)

  • Saul was already a member of the universal church (v. 18; Acts 2:47)
  • But it was important that he be part of this local church (Ephesians 4:16; Hebrews 10:24-25)

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