THE LIFE OF PAUL PART 1
The first Roman Emperor was Augustus who reigned until 14. A.D.
The second Roman Emperor was Tiberius, the son-in-law of Augustus.
Tiberius reigned from 14 A.D. to 37 A.D.
THE YEAR IS 36 the Jewish man Saul, was known throughout the religious world, as a Pharisee of Pharisees.
He had studied under Gamaliel, one of the most brilliant professors of Judaism.
Saul was about twenty four years of age. He was a religious fanatic, dedicated to Judaism, the temple and the Law of Moses
After hearing Stephen preach that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.
The religious leaders ordered his execution.
The witnesses laid their coats at the feet of Saul, before stoning Stephen to death.
IN THE YEAR OF 37 Caligula, became the third Roman Emperor.
In the same year with a letter from the High Priest, Saul and his gang set off to arrest believers.
As they travelled Saul was blinded by a light from heaven.
“I am Jesus Christ the one whom you persecute.”
Saul now blind, was led by hand into the city.
Jesus had told a believer, to pray for Saul’s sight.
Saul was healed with the prayer and he changed his name from Saul to Paul.
The people were amazed, as Saul the Pharisee of Pharisee’s, preached that Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah.
IN THE YEAR OF 38 the unbelieving Jews plotted to murder Paul, so the believers helped him escape.
When Paul arrived in Jerusalem, the believers rejected him, until they heard his testimony.
Paul preached the risen Messiah, until some more unbelieving Jews, planned to kill him.
So Paul left Jerusalem and went north to his home town.
IN THE YEAR 41 Caligula was murdered and Claudius became the fourth Roman Emperor.
A believer named Barny-the-Encourager found Paul and together they taught in Antioch. The believers were mockingly called C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n-s.
IN THE YEAR 45 Paul went on his FIRST missionary journey, starting from his home church in Antioch.
Paul and Barny sailed to Cyprus, to tell the people about the risen Christ.
In one of the towns, the Governor wanted to hear the Gospel, but a local witch kept interfering, Paul said;
“You son of the devil, you shall be blinded for a season.” And it happened exactly as Paul said and the governor believed.
Sometime later, Paul and Barny sailed to Galatia.
As they travelled, they preached in Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.
In Antioch the unbelieving Jews stirred up trouble for Paul and Barny.
IT WAS NOW THE YEAR 46 and they stayed for some time in Iconium teaching the believers.
But again the unbelieving Jews caused trouble.
So they travelled on to Lystra to preach and teach.
In Lystra, they met a lame man. After preaching Paul said, “Stand up.” And immediately the man walked.
The people were amazed, they called Paul Mercury, and Barny Jupiter and they worshipped them.
“We are only men like yourselves; the living God wants you to serve Him.” Pleaded Paul.
Some of the unbelieving Jews arrived and started a riot.
Paul was stoned, dragged out of the city and left for dead.
When the believers prayed for Paul, he got up and went back into the city.
The next day Paul and Barny left Lystra and went to preach in Derbe.
After preaching in Derbe, they left to make the return journey, whilst encouraging the believers in all of the towns that they passed through.
AFTER TWO YEARS IN 47 Paul ended his first mission trip.
And they sailed back to their home Church at Antioch in Syria.
They told the believers about the many converts, but some unbelieving Jews argued, “People must obey the law of Moses to be saved.”
So Paul and Barny, travelled to Jerusalem to settle the matter with the disciples.
As they made the journey south, they visited local Churches on the way and encouraged the believers.
In Jerusalem after much debate Peter said, “We believe that God will save everyone by faith in Christ.”
It was decided to write Paul and Barny a letter, saying that both Jews and non Jews, could be saved by believing only in the risen Christ.
IT WAS IN THE YEAR 48 that Paul and Barny returned to their church with the letter, when Paul saw how the believers were encouraged.
He was inspired to write his first letter to the believers at Galatia.
Paul then left for his SECOND MISSIONARY trip, to encourage the believers in Galatia
He took a believer called Silas, and Timothy who lived in Galatia, also started preaching with Paul.
As they read the Jerusalem letter, the Galatian believers were encouraged and their numbers grew daily.
IN THE YEAR OF 49 Claudius expelled the believing and non believing Jews from Rome.
Paul had a dream where he saw a man saying ‘Come to Greece to help us’.
After a few days in Greece, Paul was preaching in Philippi.
When a whole family were saved. Paul stayed at the house of a woman called Lydia.
Paul was followed every day by a woman who would continually call out, “These are servants of the Most High God,”
Finally one day, Paul turned to her and commanded the evil spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ, come out.”
Paul and Silas were arrested for this and the magistrates ordered that they should both be flogged.
At midnight as they were both praising God in their prison cell, there was a great earthquake and their chains fell off.
The jailer fell to his knees, “What must I do to be saved?” “Believe in the risen Christ, and you will be saved.” answered Paul.
The following day they were released and went to stay with Lydia.
After they left Philippi, they stayed in Thessalonica for three weeks.
Until the unbelieving Jews started a riot.
So as soon as it was dark, they escaped.
And made their way to Berea.
But as they preached in Berea, the unbelieving Jews from Thessalonica arrived and caused more trouble.
So Paul left for Athens on his own.
When Paul arrived in Athens.
The philosophers, wanted to hear more about the strange god that Paul preached.
Paul preached about the resurrection of Christ. Some of the philosophers made fun of him, while other men believed.
IN THE YEAR 50 Paul left Athens and travelled to Corinth,
Where he became a tent maker.
When Timothy arrived in Corinth, he told Paul that the Thessalonians would love to see him.
So Paul wrote the THESSALONIANS A LETTER, encouraging them with Christ’s coming.
Every Saturday Paul debated with the Jews and Greeks in the Synagogue.
In the following year of 51 Paul received news from Thessalonica, that the believers were idle due to some wrong teaching
So Paul wrote a SECOND letter, which was delivered to the THESSALONIAN believers.
After eighteen months preaching and teaching in Corinth, Paul started a journey back to his home church,
His friends accompanied him, as far as Ephesus.
Paul sailed from Ephesus to Caesarea and then travelled north to his home church in Antioch.
This was now the end of Paul’s SECOND MISSIONARY TRIP.