Week 4 - Week 4 A Who was Paul What was his background...

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Week 4: A) Who was Paul? What was his background? Outline the major event’s of Paul’s missionary journeys. (Don’t try to memorize all the cities he visited. Look for key themes) Paul was an arch persecutor turned apostle. He contributed the second most amount of writing in the New Testament and was surpassed only by Luke. Paul was originally born as Saul in Rome. Because he spent most of his youth in Jerusalem, he was very educated in Hebrew traditions. Eventually he grew up with a distaste for Christianity, and began a crusade against them. He believed that he was doing God a service and that his actions were what He wanted. One day while riding through to Damascus, Saul was suddenly overwhelmed with a bright light. He fell off from his horse and a voice rang out. The voice was asking him why he was persecuting the Christians. After being told that the voice was from Jesus, he headed back to Damascus where he meditated and prayed for three days. On the third day, he was baptized as a Christian and he became Paul. He began teaching in the city of Damascus directly after the incident. He narrowly escaped after a plot was formulated against his life. The next several years of activity are relatively unknown. He returned to Jerusalem after the third year. Although people were afraid of him in the beginning, they soon realized that his intention were genuine. Later, Paul and four others were able to spread the word throughout Antioch. After meeting with much opposition in Lystra, Paul was stoned and left for dead. However, he was able to regain his strength and move on to Cilicia. Paul was sent to Jerusalem to seek higher council concerning a debate that was going on about being a Jew before converting to Christianity. The council determined that it was not necessary, and it opened the religion to a much broader spectrum. In his second journey, Paul had to determine the ground rules for the Jewish Christians, and the Gentile Christians. He felt that they should be fully integrated with the same rights. This was a strain on his relationship with Barnabas and Peter. They did not know if they could trust him anymore. After a dispute about Barnabas’ family, they parted ways. Paul continued his journey with his new partners Silvanus and Timothy. B) Summarize what happened to Paul and his associates in Philippi. Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy were on their way to Macedonia to answer a call for help. They landed near the city of Philippi. It was the Sabbath day when they started preaching to a group of Jews alongside the Gangites River. A wealthy woman named Lydia was converted and became a missionary herself. Their trip was cut short when Paul performed an exorcism on a young slave girl. Her owners were beyond irritated at their financial loss. Paul and Silas were arrested on the spot. After Paul and Silas were arrested for casting out a demon from the slave girl, they were sent to prison. According to Luke, they had such an impact while in jail that even the jailer was converted to Christianity. They were released the next day.
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