Divine Empowerment of Leaders

Divine Empowerment of Leaders, Study of Luke(Page 22)

By Allen Quist 

Saul to Paul, a Divinely Empowered Convert

Intent on persecuting the early Christian church, Saul traveled toward Damascus. Suddenly a blinding light enveloped him and Saul came face-to-face with Jesus, the Son of God (Acts 9:3-6; 1 Cor. 9; 15:8; Gal. 1:16). When a believer laid hands on him, Saul regained his sight and was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17). From that time on, Saul’s life exhibited a total change; it was “a conversion of will, intellect, and emotion, which dictated the abiding purpose and direction of his subsequent life and activity” (Bruce 183).

Saul’s life demonstrates many facets of the work of the Holy Spirit listed in Peter’s speech in Acts 2. Saul responded to the call of God with repentance (Acts 2:38-39) and was filled with the Holy Spirit (2:17) in the pattern set forth at Pentecost. As a result, Saul began to prophesy; “immediately” Saul began to preach in a way that amazed his listeners and “confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah” (9:20-22). After the initial confrontation with the resurrected Jesus, Saul continued to be lead by dreams and visions (9:11; 16: 6-10). Paul’s conversion and subsequent life provides an example of a Spirit-empowered leader expecting God’s power day-to-day. Paul’s life demonstrated Spirit-empowered leadership with clear and powerful speech (prophesy) and expecting God’s power (in visions and dreams).

Within Paul’s life we can see every characteristic of a Spirit-empowered leader demonstrated. The Holy Spirit directed Saul’s bold preaching ministry (13:1-3) to reach many people and start many churches across Asia Minor and Greece (clear communication). During this missionary time, Saul changed his name to Paul (13:9). The Holy Spirit used Paul for healing (14:8-10; 19:12) and to raise Eutychus for the dead (20:7-12)—parallel miracles to those performed through Peter (expecting God’s power). Paul was one of the “prophets and teachers” at the Antioch church (13:1). Although frequently mentioned individually, Paul was also willing to be part of a missionary team (11:25-26, 13:1-4 et al.) Although Paul was known as the “Missionary to the Gentiles,” his pattern was to preach to the Jews in an area first and then to the Gentiles (Witherington ) (concern for all people). He preached to ruling officials (13:6-12; 22:30-23:6; 26:1-29); to crowds (9:28-29; 17:16-33; 21:37-22:22); and to smaller groups (16:13; 20:17-36)(concern for all people and clear communication). The Bible records each step of his life was directed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:3-6; 9:17; 9:20-22; 13:1-3; 16: 6-10; 20:22-24). A testimony to his divinely-empowered life is found in Acts 20: 22-24, “And now, as a captive to the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, Next Pageexcept that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me. But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace” (Life as a bondservant).

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