30 Days with God’s Servant Paul
Study the life of the apostle Paul with this 30 day devotional.
Spend five minutes a day with Paul and get a sense of his life, understand why he did what he did, and, most importantly, see Jesus Christ glorified in his life so that He may be ever more glorified in yours.
From his conversion to his death, this book covers the important events in Paul’s life. It also looks at his principles, and how you can apply them to your life.
Get Paul’s Christ-centered perspecive on the following subjects and more:
- suffering and sacrifice
- spiritual mentoring
- interpreting Scripture
- waiting on God
- planning ahead
- facing death
In Romans 1:14, Paul spoke of his obligation to proclaim the gospel to all Gentiles, whatever their background: “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.” These words are precious to me because my ancestors, about 50 generations ago, were barbarians. When Paul wrote these words they were about 1,500 miles northwest of him, doing whatever it is that barbarians do.
I don’t really know that much about my ancestors. I spend much more time thinking about my spiritual forefathers, people like Abraham, Moses, David, and Paul himself. I can confidently claim these men as my ancestors even though I am, and will always be, a Gentile, a descendant of barbarians, also known as the “unwise.”
Paul was a debtor to my ancestors. He lived his life for their sake. And while they themselves didn’t get to hear Paul preach in person, his message, the gospel for the Gentiles, reached them eventually, and they passed it down to me.
This is a study of Paul’s life. It can be read one chapter per day for 30 days, or it can be read all at once. Read it however you choose.
When I refer to Paul’s life, I mean life in this sense of the word: his energy, his motivation, his values, his behavior. Paul once wrote to Timothy, saying, “you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance…” (2 Timothy 3:10). This book is a study of Paul’s manner of life, and the underlying purpose behind everything he did. It’s a study of the way that Christ manifested His character through Paul.
This book is also about the life of Paul in another sense: a series of significant events in which he was involved. Reading through this book will give you a sense of Paul’s life according to that definition as well, but only a general sense.
I have broadly followed the outline of Paul’s life according to the consensus of conservative scholars. However, there are disagreements among scholars on specific issues, for example, when he wrote some of his letters. So, on some points I have not stressed the details. This book is not primarily about deciding chronological questions, but about seeing the kind of man Paul was.
Many of Paul’s letters have been preserved in the New Testament. The book of Acts also talks a lot about Paul. God obviously wants us to get to know the man.
So here are thirty meditations, in roughly chronological order, about the least of the apostles of Christ.
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