Tuesday: From Saul to Paul

Jesus Appearing Before Saul

Read Acts 9:1-22, the story of Paul’s conversion. How was this experience linked to his missionary calling? See also Acts 26:16-18. Right from the start, it was clear that the Lord had intended to use Paul to reach both Jews and Gentiles. No other event in Paul’s preparation as missionary and theologian compared in importance … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul the Man

Runners in a Race

Personality traits are an individual’s typical responses to surrounding domestic, cultural, or educational circumstances. Character is the combination of traits, qualities and abilities that make up what sort of person an individual is. Read Acts 9:1, Philippians 3:6, Philippians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 15:9,1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Timothy 1:16; Galatians 1:14; and 2 Corinthians 11:23-33. What do these texts … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Saul of Tarsus

Pharisee in Temple

Saul was born in Tarsus, an important town on the trade route between Syria and western Asia (Acts 22:3). Tarsus was a multicultural center of industry and learning and home for a short time to Rome’s most famous orator and senator, Cicero. Saul’s parents were Diaspora Jews (Jews who were not living in the land … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul – Background and Call

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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 9:1, Phil. 3:6, 1 Cor. 15:10, Acts 9:1-22, Acts 26:18, Gal. 2:1-17. Memory Text: But the Lord said to Ananias, Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Despair to Hope: Part 2

The Missionaries

Cambodia – by Chhenghorn Thean That night she sold five books for $5 each. She was convinced that God is the true God. But a month later her husband told her to stop selling books. Your work is bringing shame on me, he said. Cheng’s husband demanded that she stop believing in Jesus and stop … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Philip as Evangelist

For All Men

Ellen G. White, The Gospel in Samaria, The Acts of the Apostles, pages 103-111. When they were scattered by persecution they went forth filled with missionary zeal. They realized the responsibility of their mission. They knew that they held in their hands the bread of life for a famishing world; and they were constrained by the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Philip as Evangelist, Father and Host

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Philip, clearly, was anointed to do the Lord’s work. Commentators are divided on what the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip(Acts 8:39) means, whether he was simply told to go to Azotus (Acts 8:40) or was miraculously transported there. Either way, the crucial point for us is that Philip was a man surrendered to … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Philip the Missionary

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Philip the Missionary” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]