|Staying in the Word|
Chapter One, Lesson Three
THE CALL OF GOD Page
** Is it right to tell people about your sinful past?
** Paul says he "used to persecute the church of God". Do you suppose that was a half-hearted effort?
** What was the ultimate goal of Paul's abuse?
V.14 ** How do you think that abusive attitude affected his position among his fellow Jews?
** What motive was driving Paul and gave him the advantage over his countrymen?
** What did Paul direct his zeal towards?
V.15 ** Paul's life before Christ was vile, consisting of murdering Christians while trying to earn his way to heaven by keeping the Law. He was hateful, violent and self-righteous, all at the same time. How does he now introduce the contrast between his former life and his new one in Christ?
** We know that Paul's salvation was determined from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). But viewing it from Paul's earthly experience, at what point did God set the boundaries of Paul's life?