[And Paul said,] “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia…a citizen of an important city…I was circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews…brought up in [Jerusalem] at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law…I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age…and being zealous for God…persecuted this Way up to the point of death by binding both men and women and putting them in prison.”
(Selections from Philippians, Acts and Galatians)
Key Idea: Of all the people God might choose to take the Gospel to the world and to write nearly half of the New Testament, God chose a man who passionately persecuted Christians. If God could transform a man like Paul and use him, just imagine what God can do with you.
- What did you learn about Paul’s background that was most helpful to you?
- What does it say about God’s character that God would call Paul to serve him?
- What are the puzzle pieces from your past that might be useful to God?
- What is the most inspiring life-lesson that you heard from this message?