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The Apostle Paul Essay

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Broome 1Broome 2Southern Wesleyan UniversityPaulMonty BroomeBIBL 1023Dr. Howard Foster21 June 2014PaulPaul who was a "Hebrew of Hebrews" (English Standard Version, Phil 3:5) was one of the most influential apostles and missionary to the Christian faith to date. Even though he was born a Jew and persecuted the Christians in his early years, God used him to bring the Word of God too many people. Paul went on three missionary trips and wrote almost half of the books in the New Testament. Facing catastrophic disasters and facing death on more that one occasion he never lost his faith and continued to teach and praise God even up to his death.Paul's road to ChristianityPaul was born in Tarsus of Cilicia, educated under Gamaliel (Acts 22:3) Tarsus was a privileged and prosperous city located in Asia Minor. Paul was a Pharisee who lived his life by the laws that were set for them to live, he was considered a role model for other Pharisees to follow. Also not only being a Pharisee, Paul persecuted the ekklesiai of God (Galatians 1:12). All this Changed on his was to Damascus, where he saw a light for the heavens and heard a voice that claimed to be Jesus (Acts 9:5) The light was so bright it caused him to lose his sight. Jesus tells Ananias "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel'. (Acts 9:15) When Ananias got to Paul he said "Brother Paul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road to Damascus has sent me so that you may see again, and be filled with the Holy Spirit". (Acts 9:17) He accepted his fate and was now a missionary for God.Paul was a citizen of Rome and being a Roman Citizen was critical for Paul in serving a missionary. Being a citizen enabled him to escape detainment, to avoid punishment, and was allowed the opportunity to plead his case in the emperor's court. (Acts 16:37-39) Paul was taught the trade of tent making by his father, which was common for the family to train each other in a trades to carry on through the generations. During his missionary he used tent making as a way to lift some financial hardships from the church. Even though he would make money for the church they were times where he had to take money for his self. He would write later, "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living form the gospel." (1 Corinthians 9:14)First Missionary JourneyNow that the church has been established at Antioch in Syria, it was time for the gospel to be spread farther abroad. While Paul and Barnabas were fasting and serving the lord in Antioch, God said "set apart for me Barnabas and Paul for the work to which I have called them."(Acts 13:2) So after they prayed and fasted they were sent off. Joined by a cousin of Barnabas, John Mark, the three left from Antioch for Seleucia, which was the port of Antioch. Once they have travelled from Seleucia to Cyprus, which was the home of Barnabas, they started...

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