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Chapter 3: Who Was Paul?

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Questions 3.1:

1. How would Paul’s background as a Pharisaic Jew help him in his
new role as an apostle of Christ?

2. How does your background help you in your life as a Christian?

3. What kinds of things had to change for Paul when he met Jesus?

4. What has changed for you as you have developed your relationship
with Christ as an adult?

Did you grow up in a Christian home? If so, a lot may have stayed the same for you from childhood through adulthood. But were there changes? What were they? And what about the people around you--how did those changes in you affect them?

 

Notice, this week, how you are different from people around you and how by those differences God might be calling all people closer to him.

Questions 3.2:

1. How would a gentile’s identity change in Christ?

2. How does someone’s past, present, and future change in Christ?

3. How much did your values change in Christ?

4. What stayed the same?

Maybe your life changed drastically when you came to Christ. But did anything stay the same?

 

Notice, this week, the ways you are the same as the people around you. How can those similarities help you to build relationships with them?

Questions 3.3:

1. What gives people status in your Christian community? How does
remembering that God has called each person put those differences
in perspective?

2. What different places in life do people in your community have?
How does remembering that the most important thing is obeying
God’s commandments put those differences in perspective?

3. What are some of the different habits of people in your community?
How does remembering that they can work together to accomplish
God’s mission put those differences in perspective?

4. What different gifts do you see in your community? How does remembering
that they were given by the same Holy Spirit put those
differences in perspective?

5. How could Paul’s reminders help us to accept our differences and
create unity in our community?

When I ask about your community, I'm thinking of the other Christians that you know within your network of relationships. That may include people both within and without your local church. What are some areas of friction or competition? Does one of these questions address that?

 

Perhaps this week you might see God's purposes behind the other people in your Christian community.

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