The "Calling" of Saul of Tarsus

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The “Calling” of Saul of Tarsus Presented to Dr. Greg Stephens In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Acts: Bibl-364-D01 At Liberty University 8/15/2014 By: Joshua Volpe Table of Contents: Outline…………………………………………………………………………………………….1 Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………….3 Saul’s Background as a Pharisee………………………………………………………………….3 Saul’s Conversion/Call in Acts Chapters 9: 1-19; 22: 4-16; 26: 9-19……………………………5 The Divine Purpose in Saul’s Conversion………………………………………………………..7 Saul’s Call to Preach to the Gentiles……………………………………………………………...8 Saul’s Conversion Compared to Salvation Today………………………………………………..9 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………….10 Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………………..11…show more content…
22:3). “When Saul was about age 14, his father had financed his education under Gamaliel in Jerusalem, one of the most respected teachers of the law of that day.”3 Perhaps that is why Saul was advancing in Judaism beyond many of his own age (Gal. 1:14). Saul’s zeal for the law led him to persecute those who followed Christ because he thought, in doing this, he was pleasing God. The Scriptures introduce Saul as a man who approved of the execution of Stephen (Acts 8:1), the first Christian martyr. Not only did he approve of his execution, but he also held the garments of those who participated in the stoning of Stephen (Acts 22:20). “The picture of Paul from the New-Testament is of a Pharisee who, confident in his understanding and application of the Old-Testament legal requirements, had rejected the message of a crucified, resurrected, Messiah.”4 There is no evidence that Saul ever conducted the physical act of murder on Christians himself because the Scriptures only speak of him being the one to approve the death of or imprison Christians (Acts 8:1; 9:2). Still, Saul was on a mission to put an end to this new movement known as “The Way”. He even went to the high priest and asked him to send a letter to the synagogues in Damascus so that he could bound those belonging to this group and bring them back to Jerusalem (Acts 9: 1-3). It was on this trip that the life of Saul changed forever. It was on the Damascus road that Jesus came to Saul, interjected in his life,
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