Saul in Jerusalem
26 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and
brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching
boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. 30 And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea
and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built
up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
to Saul’s past, Christians are suspicious of him. Due to his new faith, enemies of the Christian faith plot to kill him. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit brings Saul to other believers who help him escape. Through the power of the Gospel, the Church continues
to grow. The Lord will likewise watch over the future of your congregation. Proclaim Christ! The Savior will bless and keep you.
I pray: Father, thank You for allowing
me to hear the lifesaving news of the Gospel and to share in the fellowship of believers. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1853.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ac 9:26–31.