“Saul began to destroy the church” (Acts 8:3).
In our last visit I began to introduce you to the apostle Paul by starting a biographical study of his life. There are three steps in doing a biographical study: collect information about his life found in the Bible, correlate what you find into an outline, and crystallize what you discover into some applications to your own life.
I suggested you begin by reading about Paul’s life starting in Acts 7:57 and continuing through the book of Acts. You’ll discover more details sprinkled throughout the 13 New Testament letters he wrote.
As you read, write down any details about his life, his thoughts, his message and his actions. Once you have collected this information try thinking of ways you might correlate it into an outline. We’ll do this by developing an historical sketch.
My first outline was very simple: pre-conversion, conversion and call, and post-conversion. Organize all the information you find under these points. You’ll have far more information under the post-conversion point so you might break down the details of that point under some sup-points: for example, stage one – his time in Damascus, Arabia, Damascus, Jerusalem, and Tarsus (Acts 9:1-30). Notice the people he meets and how they impacted his life.
As we do this study I’d appreciate it if you would pray for this ministry. I have a prayer support team and I invite you to be a part of it. Let me know if you are interested: email@example.com
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