Paul

Paul is one of the most important characters in the Bible because of his conversion from ruthless Christian persecutor to tireless advocate of Jesus and his teachings, of Jesus' followers and the early Christian church. A review of his life beginning with his conversion is traceable through Acts, Paul's letters, and his early missionary work.

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Barnabas and Saul
Read Acts 11-13, Galatians 5:7

Paul Stoned
Read Acts 14:19-25

Paul Heals a Cripple
Read Acts 14:6-18

Paul's Second Journey
Read Acts 15:36-16:15

Paul and Silas
Read Acts 16:16-40

Paul's Preaching
Read Acts 17

Paul at Corinth
Read Acts 18:1-22

Ephesus (Part 2)
Read Acts 19:8-12; 13-20; 23-41, Revelation 2:1-7

Paul Raises Eutychus
Read Acts 20:7-12

Paul's Trials
Read Acts 23:12-13

Paul Speaks Before King Agrippa
Read Acts 25:13-26:32

Paul's Shipwreck
Read Acts 27

Saul's Conversion
Read Acts 9:1-22

Colossae
Read Colossians 1-4 (Advice to Three Churches); Col 1:7, 4:12 (Epaphras);

Paul Finishes His Race
Read I and II Timothy

Philemon Onesimus, the Slave, Becomes a Christian
Read Philemon 1 (Story of Onesimus)

Holy Land Tours

  • Alexandria Troas - Church members meet weekly at a member's house for fellowship, dinner and praising God, the story of Paul healing Eutychus
  • Athens - Paul introduces the people to the one God who from now on will no longer be the "unknown God".
  • Caesarea (Part 1) - Peter and Herod Agrippa I, Paul's journey to Caesarea, Paul and Philip and Agabus
  • Caesarea (Part 2) - Herod's palace, Paul's arrest, Paul's trials - Felix, Festus, and King Agrippa II
  • Colossae - How grain was harvested in Bible times, Colossae fruits and rules for picking fruit in Biblical times, Epaphras started the church in Colossae
  • Derbe - Crippled man let down through the roof, Paul and Barnabas preach, establishment of early Christian churches
  • Ephesus (Part 1) - Paul meets Priscilla and Aquilla in Corinth and learns tent-making, Priscilla, Aquilla and Paul travel to Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquilla start a church in their house and meet Apollos, they teach Apollos about the Messiah, Paul preaches in Ephesus, kids learn about frescoes and mosaics
  • Ephesus (Part 2) - Some people try to convince others that healing happens through magic, The Sons of Sceva come to Ephesus, Paul preaches there is only one power, Paul also address the issue of gods and goddesses again saying there is only one God, letter from the Apostle John to the Epshesian church
  • From Delphi to Olympia - Traveling to Olympia we learn about the Olympics and Paul's letters which compare life as a Christian to athletic activities
  • Hierapolis - Paul's letter to Hierapolis, secret wagon wheel symbol Christians used to identify themselves to other Christians
  • Iconium - Paul and Barnabas preach and heal,
  • Lystra - The myth of Jupiter and Mercury, Paul heals a lame man, an angry mob attacks Paul, Paul's friends gather together and heal him after the attack, Paul meets Timothy's family
  • Lystra (Timothy) - The story of Paul and Timothy, Paul's letters in the 1st and 2nd Timothy
  • Meander River - Meander symbol on Greek buildings, fresh fruit on the road side and other details about the Meander river
  • Miletus - Paul meets with elders of church in Miletus
  • Pamphylia - Paul and Barnabas preach and help Christians start churches, visits to Roman theaters
  • Paul's Invitation to Greece - Paul and Silas go to Greece to preach the message of Jesus Christ and help followers set up new Christian churches
  • Pergamum - Background on how early books were created, King of Pergamum's library, Paul and John write to the churches, discussion of pagan gods, the temple of Asclepius for healing, doctors of ancient times
  • Philadelphia - City of brotherly love, the Apostle John's letter to Philadelphia
  • Philemon - The story of Philemon the slaveholder and Onesimus, Onesimus escapes and find Paul in prison, Onesimus becomes a Christian and helps Paul
  • Pisidian Antioch - Paul preaches a sermon about the Children of Israel, King Saul, King David and Jesus, the Jews are angry because Gentiles are allowed in their synagogue, the angry Jews throw Paul and Barnabas out of the city
  • Sardis - King Croesus declares war on Cyrus and Cyrus takes over Sardis, John writes a letter encouraging the Christians there to stay faithful
  • Seleucia - Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark are on a missionary journey, they travel to the island Cyprus, Bar-Jesus tries to stop the missionaries work in the city of Paphos, John Mark leaves the journey
  • Syrian Antioch - Followers of Christ teach the pagan community, Barnabas preaches to the Gentiles, Barnabas meets up with Paul and they preach together
  • Tarsus - Tarsus is Paul's hometown, Paul learned tent-making, Paul wrote letters to Tarsus

Adult and Teen Resources

Articles — Everyday Living

  • "The Good That I Would" ... I Can Do! - What keeps us from doing what we know is right? And how can we do what's good?
  • The Best Way to Fit In - Social media adds pressure for teens to fit in. Here are ways to help them fit in the right way. It applies to work, too.
  • Body and Weight - We often think counting calories, worrying about our weight, and slaving away at the gym will help us find satisfaction in our appearances, only to be disappointed. Read on to learn why you should focus less on your weight and more on God.
  • Criticism's Antidote - When We're Criticized', explains how to handle critical attacks and constructive criticism. Just as important as knowing how to take criticism is remembering not to dish it out ourselves!
  • Independence: Your Divine Right – Claim it! - Independence means more than just attaining sole possession of our body and thoughts. Independence is the ability to act to our full potential without being limited. Our faith in God grants us the greatest independence, because it eliminates all limitations.
  • Love Keeps Us Awake to God's Will - When we spend time listening to God, we might stumble upon the realization that what God wants isn't what we want. In this case, human-will interferes with God's will. We should shed our own desires and serve God's will.

Guests — Everyday Living

Healing Messages — Everyday Living

Parenting — Everyday Living

  • The Back-to-School Blues - How can parents support their children in the learning process? Setting an example of life learning, study habits, and balance between academic and spiritual learning is a good way to begin.
  • Change Needed — or Stuck in the Mud? - How can we make real changes in our lives? Consider the Bible story of Saul/Paul to better understand the benefits and blessings of making lasting changes in our lives.
  • Down in the Dumps? - Discouraged? Take a look at Paul's life to learn practical ways to overcome "the dumps" by finding the lessons to be learned from each challenge. Practice Christly thinking and replace discouragement with joy!
  • Every Child is Gifted - God, who is unbounded wisdom, gives this intelligence to all His children, not just some. We must each claim the gift and our "giftedness." It begins with knowing our God-given heritage.
  • Paul — A Friend for the Summer - Paul gives us much to think and pray about, change and do, ways to act with family and others we meet, and guidelines for how to have a more satisfying summer closer to God.

Book Reviews — Everyday Living

  • Miracles - Do miracles happen? Bestselling author Eric Metaxas explores the phenomenon of miracles - from those chronicled in the Bible to the personal stories of people he knows - and how they can change our lives in his aptly titled book "Miracles."

Questions and Answers — Bible Study

  • Circumcision - Why does Paul insist that Timothy be circumcised right after he argued at the Jerusalem Council that circumcision wasn't necessary? Is this just another example of his inconsistency?
  • Ephesians 4:8 - Recently I read in Ephesians 4:8, "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." What does "captivity captive" mean?
  • First Corinthians - Is it possible to summarize succinctly First Corinthians?
  • James and Paul - Was James, the brother of Jesus, responsible for Paul's arrest at the end of his ministry?
  • Paul and Church in Rome - Paul states in Romans 15:20 that he tried to preach the gospel, "not where Christ was named, lest he should build upon another man's foundation." Paul did not found the church in Rome, so why did he intend to go there to preach, and why did he write them such a lengthy letter? Isn't this "building on another man's foundation?"
  • Paul and Thecla - What do scholars think about Paul's views on marriage as described in the Acts of Thecla?
  • Paul's Authorship - Was Paul the author of II Thessalonians?
  • Romans - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Can you give some background behind this passage?
  • Silence of Women in Church - A question about Paul's treatment of women.
  • Slavery in the Bible - Why didn't Paul and the early Church do more to abolish slavery? After all, it was Paul who said repeatedly that all were equal in Christ. Yet, it appears that he at least condoned slavery — a system whereby people of power had dominion over weaker individuals. It's as though God, Himself, established and sanctioned this world order.
  • We Passages in Acts - In several places in Acts, Luke writes in the first person using "we," as in "we" did this or that. If he was right there, why are there so many discrepancies between what he writes in Acts and what Paul writes in his own letters?

Books of the Bible — Bible Study

The Apocrypha — Bible Study

Life and Times — Bible Study

Relationships — Teen Time

  • What Are We Planting? - What are we planting? Selfishness or service? Complaint or gratitude. We get out what we put in.

Identity — Teen Time

  • The Best Way to Fit In - How do you fit in at school? What if you don't try? Find out the possibilities.
  • Body and Weight - We often think counting calories, worrying about our weight, and slaving away at the gym will help us find satisfaction in our appearances, only to be disappointed. Read on to learn why you should focus less on your weight and more on God.
  • Criticism's Antidote - Gain insights into how to stop criticism. Learn what Jesus and the disciples had to say about criticism.
  • Independence: Your Divine Right – Claim It! - Independence means more than just attaining sole possession of our body and thoughts. Independence is the ability to act to our full potential without being limited. Our faith in God grants us the greatest independence, because it eliminates all limitations.
  • Love Keeps Us Awake to God's Will - When we spend time listening to God, we might stumble upon the realization that what God wants isn't what we want. In this case, human-will interferes with God's will. We should shed our own desires and serve God's will.
  • A Safe Place - If we're ever in an unsafe situation, God can lift us out. And we can feel safe, especially when we listen.

Making a Difference — Teen Time

  • Set the Highest Goal - What's your #1 goal for the school year? Is it the highest goal? How do we achieve it?