“I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city” (Acts 21:39).
I am excited about the study adventure I’m beginning with you today. Let me introduce you during the first weeks of the year to the apostle Paul and then take the rest of the year studying Paul’s most important letter – the book of Romans in the New Testament.
I believe this could be a life changing journey. Each daily presentation will add a piece to the multi-colored, multi-dimensional picture of the life of Paul the Apostle presented in the Bible. What is revealed about the life of Paul and in the book of Romans has roots going all the way back to the opening chapters of Genesis and much other material throughout the Old Testament.
Paul was well grounded in his understanding of the Old Testament, having been brought up in the strict home of a Pharisee in the city of Tarsus. His family moved to Jerusalem where he was taught as a young man by the recognized first century scholar, Gamaliel. His dramatic conversion caused him to see and then experience the fulfillment of what God promised in the Old Testament about His purpose and plan through the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
I’ll begin our journey by introducing you to Paul, also known as Saul. We’ll do a biographical study of his life as portrayed in the New Testament. There are three steps in doing a biographical study: collect all the information about his life found in the Bible, correlate what you find into an outline, and then crystallize what you discover into some applications to your own life. Begin by reading about Paul’s life starting in Acts 7:57 and following.
You like Paul have a purpose for being alive. Do you know what that purpose is? I trust this study will help you discover God's purpose and plan for your life.