1. Describe the transformation that Paul describes in his own life by the grace of God. Compare the descriptions of Saul in chapters 8 and 9 of the book of Acts for a more in depth look at this transformation. What is striking to you about this display of grace?
2. Paul states that his transformation happened in order that this same grace might be offered to the world. How would you evaluate how well your own life offers grace to the world? What about our church?
3. The passage concludes with a celebration of the God who gives grace. What do you find yourself celebrating regularly? What kinds of events or experiences usually lead you to celebrate?
4. Would you say that you regularly celebrate this God of grace? Paul describes both his past need for transformation (blasphemer, persecutor, insolent opponent) and his present need for transformation as causes of his celebration. Can you think of a present need for transformation in your own life that might cause you to depend more deeply on the grace of God and grow in celebration?
5. The sermon concludes by reminding us that we must look to the right place in order to find the grace we need. Ultimately, the transformation by grace that we seek happens as we look to the crucified and risen Jesus. What’s one way you can remind yourself this week to look to Him for the grace you need?
1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.