Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Apostle Paul Part V: Paul's Resume

Paul's Resume

What would Paul's resume look like?

·Citizen of Rome · Place of Birth: Tarsus, Rome·



I earnestly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now, as always, Christ has been exalted in my life. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:20-21


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Gifted writer of thirteen books of the New Testament
  • What Christians believe about Christ: Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians,
  • Church Problems: I Corinthians,
  • Christian Life and Community: Ephesians, Colossians,
  • Paul’s Authority as an Apostle: II Corinthians, Galatians
  • Encouragement of Young Believers: Philippians, I Thessalonians,
  • Correction of False Teachings: Galatians, Colossians, II Thessalonians,
  • Advice to Individuals: I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon

Acts 13, 17



A heart-stirring preacher who relied on Scripture and appealed to historical facts and prophecy.

Acts 13-15, 18-21, 28:30-31

2 Cor. 12-13



Three fruitful missionary journeys. His combined trips, by land and sea, equal more than 13,000 miles. Credited with founding churches in Corinth, Berea, Thessalonica, Philippi, Athens, Ephesus, Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Perga, Cyprus and probably Spain as well.

  • The First Missionary Journey of Paul (c. 46-49) saw him travel to Cyprus, Perga, Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe with Barnabas and John-Mark, founding a number of churches.
  • The Second Missionary Journey of Paul (51-54 AD) was with Silas, through Phyrgia, Galatia, Mysia and Troas, where he received instruction from the Holy Spirit to go to Macedonia, so they immediately traveled to Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens and Corinth, then back through Ephesus to Jerusalem and eventually again to Antioch, with the more successful missionary work in Macedonia, Corinth and Ephesus.
  • The Third Missionary Journey of Paul (54-58 AD) was with Timothy. Leaving Antioch, they traveled all over Galatia and Phyrgia, and arrived in Ephesus where he stayed for about three years. From Ephesus, Paul may have made another trip to Corinth (as he mentions three trips to Corinth) but certainly traveled through Macedonia (probably Thessalonica, Philippi and Berea) and maybe Illyricum. From there he traveled to Greece (Athens and Corinth), then headed back to Jerusalem for the last time, through Troas, Miletus, Tyre and Caeserea.

Acts 9:1-17

Road to Damascus

Apostle of Jesus Christ

Became a believer through Divine intervention.

Acts 8:1-4


Persecutor of the Christian Church

Enthusiastically endeavored to stamp out the Christian faith.

Acts 23:6, Philippians 3:5



  • Pharisee by birth as he was the son of Pharisees.
  • Pharisee by belief and choice.

Acts 18:3




Galatians 1:15-24


Christian Education

Ten years training in Arabia, Damascus, Jerusalem, Syria, and Cilicia, spent much time in the study of Scripture and in prayer. Spent extensive time with Christian believers.

Acts 22:3, Philippians 3:5


Hebrew Training

Studied under the great philosopher, Gamaliel. Familiar with Greek poets, philosophers, and literature.

Circumcised, memorized extensive scriptures, familiar with Jewish history.

Acts 18:3



Educated through direct experience working side by side with experienced tentmakers and leatherworkers. Successfully completed all apprentice requirements.


  • Gamaliel, Philosopher, Acts 22:3
  • Barnabas, Missionary Trip Partner, Trip #1, Acts 13-15
  • Priscilla & Aquila, Tentmakers Acts 18
  • Timothy, Minister to the Church at Corinth


Travel, adventure, teaching, preaching, reading, studying.

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