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 a biographical study: collect information about his life, 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 in Acts 7:57 and Acts 9 through 28. There are more details in the 13 New Testament letters Paul wrote. As you read, write down any details about his life, his thoughts, his message and his actions. Once you’ve collected this information try to correlate it into an outline. We’ll do this by doing an historical sketch.
My first outline was simple: pre-conversion, conversion and call, and post-conversion. Organize all the information you found under these points. You’ll have far more information under the post-conversion point so you can develop 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 invite you to be a part of a prayer support team. Let me know if you’re interested: email@example.com. I send regular reports on our lives and ministry. These reports are also in my blog on the home page of our website.