References to: Paul

Transformed Letters

Joseph Tkach

Transformed Letters

Archaeologists have unearthed ancient trash heaps containing hundreds of documents that were written on papyrus–many written some 2000 years ago, dating back to the time of the New Testament. 

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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When was the last time you received a letter in the mail? In this day of e-mails, Twitter, and Facebook most of us don't receive as many letters as we used to. But in the days before electronics, nearly all of our communication with the people who didn't live near us was by letter. It was, and still is a fairly easy process: some paper, something to write with, an envelope and a stamp.

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Exploring the Book of Acts Chapter 18

Paul left Athens (18:1)

Sometime after Paul’s defense before the Areopagus, Paul left Athens. Luke doesn’t say how long Paul was in the city, nor if he left rather soon after his defense. Luke was mainly interested in Paul’s confrontation with the most popular philosophies of the pagan world and the intellectual elite of Athens. It’s possible that Paul had to leave Athens because the Areopagus had not decided whether to allow him to continue preaching. Paul might have been waiting in vain for a favorable decision and decided to move on.

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In the Steps of the Apostle Paul

The message of salvation Paul carried to Europe 2,000 years ago can give us new hope for the future.

About A.D. 50 a spiritual crusade began in Greece that dramatically changed the tide of history. The apostle Paul landed on the European continent, armed with the gospel message given him by Jesus Christ. This project was so important in God’s purpose that he miraculously led Paul to Europe to teach the message of salvation, beginning in Macedonian Greece.

By: 

Paul Kroll and Ronald Kelly
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A Harmony of the Conversion and Commission of Paul

 

Acts 9:1-30; 22:3-21; 26:9-20, NIV

Saul in Jerusalem

 

 

 

9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples.

 

 

 

 

He went to the high priest

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Michael Morrison
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Apostles and Epistles

The first Christians were Jews. But as Christianity spread, it reached people in the Greek and Roman world and introduced them to the Holy Scriptures.

One of the church's hardest challenges was to accept the growing number of non-Jewish converts. At first it was hard even for some of the apostles to grasp that this new faith transcended their national, religious and cultural heritage. But God made this obvious through the work of Peter and Paul (Acts 10:34-35). By the middle of the first century, Christianity had reached as far as Rome.

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The Gospel According to Paul

Let us see how Paul describes the gospel. We’ll proceed book by book, just skimming the surface, looking primarily at verses that use the Greek word for gospel or for preaching.

1. Paul begins his letter to the Romans by saying that he was commissioned to preach the gospel (Romans 1:1). Was this gospel predicted in the Old Testament? Verse 2. What does Paul say the gospel is about? Verse 3. What other points are part of the message? Verse 4.

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Michael Morrison
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Paul Preaches the Good News

Chapter 3 of Good News for Bad People

We have looked at the four Gospels and the book of Acts to see what the Christian message is. Now we can turn to the letters of Paul. Jesus appeared to this rabbi and made him a powerful agent for the kingdom of God. He can tell us what the gospel is.

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Michael Morrison
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