Religion(A) Describe the life of Paul in several short paragraphs including information from his background, life and ministry. (B) Select TWO characteristics of Paul that you think helped him in his ministry. (C) How could develop those characteristics in your life? Be specific.A)Paul is born (as Saul of Tarsus) into a Jewish family where he learns the practices of the Jews.
He learns the law in accordance to Jewish traditions, and subsequently becomes an expert in the law. He is so zealous about his life and career that he goes about doing everything in accordance to the law. He is actually a Pharisee, and like other Pharisees he is enrolled into the mission of persecuting the Church.
He is used by others Pharisees to travel around the world to put to death those who profess Christianity. On one of his missions to persecute Christians, Saul is met along the way to Damascus by Jesus Himself who changes his name from Saul to Paul and requires him to do his work instead. From that point on, Paul becomes an apostle and a missionary for Christ. His former allies turn against him and he is faced with constant imprisonments throughout his missionary life. Several times he is put in prison for his faith in Christ but never does he surrender or give up. Instead, his zeal for the work of Christ – reaching out to the gentiles – increases with the severity of his troubles.
Eventually, he helps establish many Christian Churches.B)The two characteristics that helped Paul in his ministry are perseverance and faithfulness.C)These characteristics can be developed in life by first learning to take adversity as a pathway to our destiny and not as an enemy or a stumbling block. By doing this, it is possible to allow the trials and hardships in life to refine us just like gold is refined in the fire; the result being that we come out purer.
Perseverance develops under trials (James 1:2-4). Faithfulness is derived from having a strong, unquestionable belief and trust in Jesus. This character can be learnt by believing and acting on the word of God.2. Pick ONE of Paul’s letters from this course that represents your favorite epistle. (A) Why did you select that letter? Give several reasons. (B) What lessons did you learn from that letter to help you in your daily Christian life? (C) How can you develop yourself to better apply those lessons? Be specific and practical.
My favorite epistle of Paul is the one he wrote to the Galatians.A)I selected that letter because first of all it address a key issue that is very relevant in Christian life – that of living by the Spirit and not by the flesh. Secondly, this epistle confronts this Church and points out to the people the wrongs they are committing. This helps them to change accordingly. Finally, this epistle clearly distinguishes between the law and the grace that is brought by Jesus Christ through faith in Him. It sets asides the law as being of no use now that Jesus had been crucified, buried, and glorified.B)The first lesson I learnt from the epistle to the Galatians is that as a Christian it is not good to forsake faith that I have in the Lord Jesus.
It also teaches me that it is not good to be a Christian who has no roots in the Word – beginning in the Spirit and ending up or being perfected in the flesh. It also teaches me that salvation comes not by the careful observation of the law but by a simple faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ which comes freely to all who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I also learn that as a Christian, I ought not to be without wisdom. Paul rebukes the Galatians, calling them foolish on account of their quick desertion of the truth and seeking after legal requirements. Finally, I learn that the Spirit and the flesh are always in constant battle one against another and that it is only by living according to the desires of the Spirit that I can be able to overcome the evil desires of the flesh.C)In order to apply these lessons, I need to be ready to take my eyes off what is natural and instead believe in the supernatural. This is because what is natural is only there for a moment but the supernatural lasts for eternity.
Then I need to cultivate the discipline of prayer and reading the word of God so that I can grow spiritually. Finally, I need to stop living to gratify the lusts of my flesh and instead seek to fulfill the desires of the spirit (Galatians 5:16-18).3.
Colossians 1:15-23 reveals the supremacy of Christ over all things. (A) Describe the supremacy of Christ in a short paragraph. (B) How would you evaluate the supremacy of Christ in your life? Give some examples. (C). What could you do to improve the supremacy of Christ in your life this year? Give some practical steps you could take.A)Christ is the Lord over everything.
He is the first to come from the dead and because of this he has been able to set free all of us who were once held captive by sin and the devil. As head over the Church, Christ has given all those who believe in Him the right to become children of God – children born not of flesh but adopted in the family of God. He is the mediator of a new covenant and has defeated death. Therefore, those who believe in him shall never see death.
Christ has managed to reconcile mankind and God and although we were cut off from God, He has restored us. Through Him all things were made and nothing that is present was created without Him. For all things were made by Him and for Him. His name is far above that of angels.B)I can evaluate it by assessing how much of my time I give to His service everyday, how I worship him, and what I am prepared to do to bring glory to His name. I can also evaluate His supremacy by gauging my level of obedience to His commands such as the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
For I can only be acknowledging Christ’s supremacy if indeed am ready to do what He commands me to do and if I do everything as unto Him and for His glory.C)To improve the supremacy of Christ, I can increase the time I allocate for prayer, fellowship, and studying the word of God. I can also do it by becoming more committed to the Great Commission whereby I spend more time reaching out to the lost souls and preaching to them the good news of the gospel. Finally, I can improve it by relying solely on Him for whatever I need in life for He is all in all. Word count: 1,016;