“For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.”
(Galatians 1:11–14 ESV)
What is your story? We all have a story to tell.
This is the story of Paul, a man that totally changed by encountering Jesus.
This encounter with Jesus changed Paul in three ways:
1. He became a preacher of the Gospel
2. He became excited about the Gospel
3. He became totally fervent for the Gospel
This is a radical transformation, the man who so intensely persecuted the Church trying to destroy it has become the Church’s most prolific missionary.
Paul was a man who was advancing in the teaching of Judaism far and above any of his contemporaries. He was so very deeply rooted in Judaism, its doctrines and its law. This was a man who was well known for his views about the historical and theological aspects of the people of God. A man who highly held to the purity of the Torah, Paul was a religious extremist, people feared him, he had a reputation, but he was a man who sadly lacked compassion and love.
This encounter with Jesus radically transformed Paul life. We now have his extraordinary and supernatural testimony, we have his writings, the Holy Spirit was behind the inspiration of God’s Word penned by Paul. Paul became a gift to the Church and the world.
Everyone has a story to tell, and every story is essential and beautiful.
What is your story?
Why am I asking you this?
Because an encounter with Jesus can change the course of your life, it can transform your destiny.
Your story matters!