“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” Romans 1:1a
Paul wrote most of his letters in the 50’s and 60’s AD. The first Gospel written, the Gospel of Mark, was not written until around 70 AD. As the new believers of Jesus began what we now know as the Christian Church, Paul was the theologian that led the charge. Certainly, the other apostles and disciples had churches, but Paul was the missionary on the move. He went on four different missionary journeys establishing churches where ever he went. He baptized, preached, and was even stoned for his beliefs. Reports say that Paul was a short and homely little guy, but we know him as a giant of faith, full of the Holy Spirit.
As far as we know, Paul is the first to proclaim the good news of Jesus the Christ in written form. He dealt with church politics, social challenges and pagan philosophies. Paul, with the help of the Holy Spirit, developed the church. Therefore, I believe his theology and writings are important to study.
This fall, starting Sept. 10th, I will be engaging in a sermon series “One Body: A Pauline Study” based on the first lessons each Sunday that will be from one of Paul’s letters and after worship we will have an adult Sunday School class in the sanctuary to learn more.
Please join us!