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Church history, #2 Paul the Troubleshooter

St. Paul the ApostleAs I revist the book, The Story of the Church: Peak Moments from Pentecost to the Year 2000, chapter 2 is “First-Century Adjustments,” focusing on Paul the Apostle.  It has always confused me how Paul was the “go-to-guy” to answer any questions of theology & the Christian life.  He wasn’t even one of the original 12 apostles, but spoke with such authority, even declaring himself an apostle.  His conversion story (Acts 9) is amazing enough.  But even more unbelievable is how fast the Christian community embraced him and bestowed authority to dictate Christian “policy,” an even greater testament to grace and the submission to the Holy Spirit.

Paul is a master cameleon of evangelization, able to adapt the gospel message to any culture.  He was well-versed in the Hebrew Scriptures (OT), had a heart for his audience, walked in their shoes, and presented the challenge of the Gospel in their “language.” — everything a Christian is called to do.  A great example is Paul’s sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17:16-34.  It seems so supernatural … because it is … it’s only possible through the Holy Spirit.

That reminds me of a line from the “Fishers of Men” priesthood video when it’s said, “It’s not natural to be a priest … it’s a supernatural calling.”  — You can’t disagree with that.

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