The Hound of Heaven
STEVE McKENZIE
ACTS 9:1-31 | THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

 

God Pursues the Lost (v 1-2)
  • “But Saul” – indicates some time has passed since the murder of Stephen
  • ”Breathing threats…” – breathing in, sustained by his violent intentions
  • Saul is being pursued by God even as his heart burns with hatred against God

 

God Saves the Sinner (v 3-19)
  • “Saul, Saul…” – saying his name twice shows tender care and love. He doesn’t yell and scream. His voice is gentle, strong enough to bring him to his knees yet loving enough to invite onto the path of repentance.
  • “Why do you persecute me?” – Attacking God’s children, the church is attacking Jesus himself.

 

God Transforms Lives (v 20-31)
  • Jesus initiates salvation
  • Jesus overcomes our fears
  • Jesus transforms our affections
  • Jesus changes the trajectory of our lives
Modern Adaptation of “Hound of Heaven” Poem

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Action Steps:
  1. Are you running from God?
  2. Who are you praying for?

 

Additional Community Group Questions:

  1. What are some of the similarities between Saul’s conversion experience and other conversion experiences? What are some differences?
  2. What does this passage teach about God’s grace in salvation?
  3. What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  4. What practical lessons might be learned from Ananias’s inclusion in this story?
  5. What about Jesus’s commission of Saul most resonates with you?
  6. What can we learn from Saul’s trials?
  7. Why is Barnabas an example worth following?
  8. How can you speak with greater boldness?
  9. How can Christians have peace even in times of crisis?