The Jesus Story Year Weekly Take Home Guide
Week 37: Christ Calls Saul
Further Reading and Meditation
Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family. Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.
1) Would you consider yourself: a) spiritual and religious; b) spiritual but not religious; c) religious but not spiritual; or d) neither spiritual nor religious. Why? Why do you mean by that?
2) Was there ever a time when you were more religious than you are now? Were you ever less religious?
3) Has being religious ever helped you in your relationship with other people? Has it helped you in your relationship with Christ?
4) Has being religious ever hurt your relationship with other people? Has it ever hurt your relationship with Christ?
5) Saul was utterly sincere in his religion before he came to know Christ. Why does he later consider all of his previous religious life to be ‘rubbish’ (Philippians 3:7-8)
6) Do you experience the tension of both being saved by grace alone but also called upon to practice a faithful religion? What is that tension like? Have you ever seen this balance lived well?
If you can’t figure out a working definition of “religious” and need one, the Merriam-Webster definition is “1) relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity; 2) of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances and 3) scrupulously and conscientiously faithful