Paul: Background and Call – Hit the Mark

The First Christian Martyr

There must have been many sleepless nights. Surely his conscience nagged at him constantly. Although he could proclaim that he was on a holy mission, there were too many evidences that gave ample reason for doubt. At his hands many believers of the new sect had been arrested, condemned, imprisoned and some put to their death. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – The Stolen Sermons – Part I

symbolism fang coiled

-Gamini Mendis- I wanted to call a meeting of all the clergy in my town in Sri Lanka. I thought we needed to pray and fellowship together. I reviewed the list to be sure I hadn’t forgotten any pastor. I knew that some of the clergy wouldn’t be happy that I was inviting the Adventist … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Paul: Background and Call

Paul in Athens

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor. 9:22-23 NIV). Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV. Modern missiology applies the term contextualization to Paul’s mission methods stated here. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Mission and Multiculturalism

Pope John Paul

Multiculturalism is a recent term, first appearing in print in the 1960s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. For many ancient peoples, there were only two categories of humanity—us and them, our tribe and not our tribe. For Greeks, all non-Greeks werebarbarians. For Jews, all non-Jews were Gentiles. As we have seen already, the success … [Click to read more …]

Paul’s Background and Call – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : Paul drew strength from his experience of God’s mercy and drew on his knowledge of unbelievers to communicate with them about Jesus. Paul: Background and Call – Sep 5 – 11, 2015 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Paul: His Background and Call

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Paul: His Background and Call” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Paul in the Mission Field

Paul in Prison

From Jerusalem and round about as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ (Rom. 15:19, NKJV). What crucial element for any kind of mission work can we find in this text? See also 1 Cor. 1:23; 1 Cor 2:2; Gal. 6:14; Phil. 1:15-18. One thing is certain about all of Paul’s missionary endeavors: no … [Click to read more …]

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 …]