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Abiding In God – Lesson 5: The Turning Point

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-24; Acts 9:1-22

Memory Verse:Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” Isaiah 1:18

Introduction:

Can a black sheep be made white? Is it possible to turn darkness (blindness) to light (sight)? The idea that man is sinful from birth through no fault of his own, stubs many people’s toes as they ponder their spiritual condition. No doubt, many sin on their own accord upon reaching a certain age. No matter which way you view it, the fact remains, that man is sinful and separated from God. Unbelievers have a barrier to overcome. Sometimes what the world thinks is obviously true, is painfully wrong.

By God’s design, He allows us to see the depth of sin that can be forgiven. For instance, Saul persecuted the churches and even consented to Stephen’s death. Saul was blinded on the road to Damascus, but actually he was blind spiritually from birth. The road to Damascus was “the turning point” of his life. Upon his conversion, he could see both physically and spiritually.

“This is what God did at Calvary. He took man’s greatest failure, his most shameful atrocity – putting to death the Son of God—and made it central in a perfect picture of salvation, available to all mankind. He can do this today for us. He is not pleased when we waste our lives by lamenting our failures or handicaps. He wants us to rely on him to forgive, to overrule, and to transform.” (1:p. 48)

Christ is restoring believers to what they were originally created to be. Paul was killing Christians because he thought it was the right thing to do. Christ’s revelation changed Paul’s thoughts, and his preaching was visible proof that he had repented. Genuine repentance is evidenced by changed behavior. Each one of us must reach a place where we are confronted to make life’s greatest decision. However, we must remember God has already done the major part. When Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary, it was the turning point for a lost and dying world. When you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, it will be the turning point of your life.

Study Questions:

  1. From our birth, what is our spiritual condition? Romans 3:23; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:12-14.
  2. What was wrong with the man in Bethsaida? Mark 8:22-26.
  3. What is the spiritual condition of man separated from God by the gulf of sin? 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Revelation 3:17-18. Note: The Laodicean church was self-deluded.
  4. What was Saul’s condition with God? Acts 7:57-8:3.
  5. Did Saul have a turning point in his life? Acts 9:1-9, 17-22.
  6. What was the purpose of this tremendous experience? Acts 26:4-6, 9-20.
  7. What are we to be turned from and what are we to be turned to? Ephesians 4:17-24; 2 Chronicles 7:14. Note: God’s people needed to confess their sins, repent, and then come back to Him. God would then hear, forgive, and heal them.
  8. What happened to the blind man in Bethsaida? Mark 8:23-25.
  9. Is it fair to say that receiving Jesus Christ as our personal Savior is the turning point in our lives?
    2 Corinthians 5:17.
  10. Can a black sheep be made white? Isaiah 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Romans 6:1-14.