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Summary: Without controversy, anyone, will agree that the Apostle Paul was the one New Testament figure that stood out above all others. His life teaches us a wonderful pattern to follow.

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"THE MAN WHO TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN"

Acts 17:1-6

This is Memorial Day

Act 17:1-6 NOW AFTER [Paul and Silas] had passed through Am-phi-polis and A-pol-lo-ni-a, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul entered, as he usually did, and for three Sabbaths he reasoned and argued with them from the Scriptures, {explaining and quoting from the Old Testament Scripture} and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah {the Christ} to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, Whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ (the Messiah).

And some of them were induced to believe and associated themselves with Paul and Silas, as did a great number of the devout Greeks and many of the leading women.

But the unbelieving Jews were aroused to jealousy, and, getting hold of some wicked men (ruffians and rascals), they gathered together a mob, set the town in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring Paul and Silas out to the people.

But when they failed to find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brethren before the city authorities, crying, These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.

I have never really done an in-depth study on unique statements made about individuals that is not said about anyone else in the Bible.

David (A man after God’s own heart)

Caleb (He wholly followed the Lord) Samuel – not a word that he spoke fell

Abraham (A friend of God)

Ahab (He did evil above all that went before Him)

Without controversy, anyone, will agree that the Apostle Paul was the one New Testament figure that stood out above all others. Baptist have been accused of worshipping the Apostle Paul rather than the Lord Jesus. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We do worship the same Lord that Paul worship. We do give allegiance to the same God that Paul did.

I believe he was the greatest Bible preacher that ever lived. He was also the greatest example for preachers. I believe that we can examine his life and learn from him. Not be another Paul - but be what Paul was by the grace of God.

He truly turned the world upside down for Christ.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE APOSTLE PAUL?

A. His childhood (Typically Jewish)

Raised in a typically Jewish home. Roman citizen. Lived and was raised in the City of Tarsus. His parents were well off and politically connected to the government in Rome.

B. He dedicated his life to the study of the Old Testament Scriptures and by the time he was a young man he had entered the school of Tyrannus (best seminary in the world in that day and time).

D. He was zealous for the Jews Religion. (Killing off Christians) A Sanhedrin??

E. He met and accepted Jesus as his Messiah on the Road to Damascus.

F. He goes out in the desert for 3 years for a BD Degree.

G. He returns to Jerusalem and is rejected by the church.

H. Goes back home to Tarsus and figures he is a failure and 40. (Now God can use him)

I. Barnabas goes and gets him and takes him to the church at Antioch.

J. God separates him for a missionary journey and the rest is history.


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