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  1. The Conversion of Saul

  2. Three Accounts • Acts 9:1-19 • Acts 22:1-16 • Acts 26:9-18

  3. 1. People Can Change • Saul was the chief of sinners • Acts 26:9-11, Gal. 1:13 • 1 Tim. 1:12-16 • Saul was engrossed in religious error • Gal. 1:14, Phil. 3:5-7

  4. 2. Sincerity Alone Is Not Enough

  5. 2. Sincerity Alone Is Not Enough “Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, ‘Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.’” Acts 23:1

  6. 3. Why the Lord Appeared To Saul • God has provided proof of His existence through His creation (Rom. 1:20) • The truth of the gospel has already been confirmed (Heb. 2:3-4)

  7. 3. Why the Lord Appeared To Saul “…for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you” Acts 26:16

  8. 4. The Sinner’s Prayer • Saul was praying (Acts 9:10-11)

  9. 4. The Sinner’s Prayer “Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross for my sins. I invite you to come into my heart and to be my Lord and Savior. From this moment on I commit my life to you. Amen.”

  10. 4. The Sinner’s Prayer • No sinner was ever told to pray through for salvation • Cornelius prayed, but he was not saved (Acts 10:4-6) • Prayer for forgiveness of sins is a privilege of the child of God

  11. 5. Was Saul Saved on the Road to Damascus?

  12. 5. Was Saul Saved on the Road to Damascus? • No rejoicing (Acts 9:9) • No peace (Rom. 5:1) • Still in his sins (Acts 22:16) • Saved without calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13) • He was sent to Damascus to be told what he must do (Acts 9:6)

  13. The Conversion of Saul • People can change • Sincerity alone is not enough • The Lord will not appear to any man in order to save him • No man is saved with the “Sinner’s Prayer” • Saul was not saved on the road to Damascus

  14. “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16