Chapter One, Lesson Four
THE LEADING OF GOD Page
V.20 ** What subtle clue does Paul give us that what
he is writing is going to be challenged by his enemies, the Judaizers?
He makes the bold statement, "I am not lying".
** Who is the witness that Paul calls upon to verify His message?
God Almighty! This was in the form of a Jewish vow and as such was
not to be taken lightly because it reinforced the authority of Paul's
V.21 ** When Paul left Jerusalem, where did the Lord lead him
"...into the regions of Syria and Cilicia..." (check your
map in the back of your Bible)
** In what major town in Syria did Paul stay?
Antioch, for one year (Acts 11:26)
** Before Paul made it to Antioch, in what town had Paul stayed in Cilicia?
According to Acts 9:30 and 11:25 it was in his home town [Acts 22:3]
of Tarsus. Most commentators agree that it was for a period of several
V.22 ** Even though Paul had traveled so extensively (while obeying
the "Leading of God") do you think that other Christians outside
of Jerusalem could recognize him?
No - He "...was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea..."
These were separate and distinct churches outside of the city of Jerusalem.
** What did they all have in common?
They were churches "in Christ". They were genuine believers
in the Lord Jesus Christ.
V.23 ** Even though they had not seen Paul and could not recognize
him, what did they know about him?
He who once persecuted the church was now preaching faith in Jesus
Christ! Remember Paul had become a new creature (2Corinthians 5:17).
The statement made here in verse 23 is one of exuberant exclamation.
These people were excited about the change God had brought about in
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