Jesus: Life and Legacy 4

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This is part of the Crossroads programme offered by the South African Theological Seminary. It is the fourth lesson in the CR survey of the New Testament, discussing the life of Paul.

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Jesus: Life and Legacy 4

  1. 1. New Testament 4. The Life of Paul
  2. 2. Lesson Outline 1. Pattern 2. Preview 3. Preliminaries 4. Preparation 5. Pioneering 6. Prison 7. Pastoring and Passing
  3. 3. Pattern
  4. 4. J. Robert Clinton’s Model God working in you God working through you
  5. 5. Preview
  6. 6. Preview of Paul’s Life Converted Commissioned Captured Cleared Condemned
  7. 7. Preliminaries
  8. 8. Preliminaries 1. The Lord used his Ancestry
  9. 9. Preliminaries 1. The Lord used his Ancestry 2. The Lord used his Background
  10. 10. Preliminaries 1. The Lord used his Ancestry 2. The Lord used his Background 3. The Lord used his Citizenship
  11. 11. Preliminaries 1. The Lord used his Ancestry 2. The Lord used his Background 3. The Lord used his Citizenship 4. The Lord used his Dialects
  12. 12. Preliminaries 1. The Lord used his Ancestry 2. The Lord used his Background 3. The Lord used his Citizenship 4. The Lord used his Dialects 5. The Lord used his Education
  13. 13. CONVERTED At this point Paul was
  14. 14. Acts 9:3-4 Verses 3-4 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Verses 5-6 ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’
  15. 15. Acts 9:15-16 But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.’
  16. 16. Preparation
  17. 17. Preparation 1. He shared his testimony He began telling people what had happened to him, how Jesus Christ had appeared to him and saved him, that Jesus was the Christ. Acts 9:20, ‘At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.’
  18. 18. Preparation 1. He shared his testimony 2. He studied theology Paul withdrew to a secluded place to rethink his theology (Gal. 1:15- 18). He was destined to become the greatest theologian, entrusted with spelling out the significance of Christ’s life and work.
  19. 19. Preparation 1. He shared his testimony 2. He studied theology 3. He served as a tentmaker After his three years of study and reflection, Paul returned home to Tarsus and seems to have worked for about 10 years as a tent-maker. Acts 11:25, Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul.
  20. 20. Preparation 1. He shared his testimony 2. He studied theology 3. He served as a tentmaker 4. He supported as a teacher Acts 11:25-27, ‘Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.’
  21. 21. COMMISSIONED At this point Paul was
  22. 22. Acts 13:2-3 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
  23. 23. Pioneering
  24. 24. Pioneering Three missionary journeys Mission 1: AD 48-49, Acts 13-14 Mission 2: AD 50-52, Acts 16-18 Mission 3: AD 53-57, Acts 19-21
  25. 25. Pioneering 1. He preached Christ
  26. 26. Pioneering 1. He preached Christ 2. He planted churches
  27. 27. Pioneering 1. He preached Christ 2. He planted churches 3. He parented congregations
  28. 28. Pioneering 1. He preached Christ 2. He planted churches 3. He parented congregations 4. He penned correspondence
  29. 29. CAPTURED At this point Paul was
  30. 30. Prison
  31. 31. Prison 1. He worshipped the Lord
  32. 32. Prison 1. He worshipped the Lord 2. He witnessed to the lost
  33. 33. Prison 1. He worshipped the Lord 2. He witnessed to the lost 3. He wrote letters
  34. 34. Prison 1. He worshipped the Lord 2. He witnessed to the lost 3. He wrote letters 4. He worked with leaders
  35. 35. CLEARED At this point Paul was
  36. 36. Pastoring and Passing
  37. 37. Pastoring and Passing 1. He was released from prison
  38. 38. Pastoring and Passing 1. He was released from prison. 2. He revisited his churches.
  39. 39. Pastoring and Passing 1. He was released from prison. 2. He revisited his churches. 3. He was rearrested in Rome.
  40. 40. Pastoring and Passing 1. He was released from prison. 2. He revisited his churches. 3. He was rearrested in Rome. 4. He was received into glory.
  41. 41. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
  42. 42. Conclusion
  43. 43. Key Lessons 1. The things in your life over which you have no control are not accidents. 2. God is more concerned about working in you than about working through you. 3. God's timing is perfect, but is slower than our expectations.
  44. 44. Key Lessons 4. We are called to ‘preach Christ’! 5. We need to trust that God is in control of our lives even when things look bleak. 6. We should keep a vision of eternity ever before us.

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