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JSS3: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES - 1ST TERM

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Persecution of the Church by Saul (Acts 8: 1-3, Acts 9: 1-18)

  • Many Christians fled Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, when persecution erupted in Jerusalem.

  • The death of Stephen brought great fear among believers in Jerusalem.

  • In the search of safety, many went as far as Damascus.

  • Saul became a –one-man squad to stamp out Christianity.

  • He traveled as far as one hundred and fifty miles, to Damascus, in Syria, to bring Christians back in chains, to Jerusalem for capital punishment.

  • He obtained permission from the High priest to go to Damascus.

  • As he neared the ancient city of Damascus in Syria, he discovered that God had other plans for him.

  • A bright light from heaven flashed down on him, he became blind and fell from his horse to the ground.

  • He had the voice of the risen Christ spoke to him “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?

  • “Who are you Lord?”, Saul asked. ”I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting”.

  • His companions, even though they heard the voice, but didn’t see anyone, led Saul into the city of Damascus.

  • Saul stayed without food and water for three days being blind.

  • The Lord appeared to one of the Christian in Damascus, Ananias, and instructed him to go lay hands on Saul, because he is a chosen instrument in God’s hand.

  • Immediately, Ananias layed hand on him, something like a scale fell off his eyes, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and regained his sight. He got up and was baptized.

  • Saul was renamed Paul, and from thence, he began to preach that “Jesus is the son of God”.

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