Many feared the Jewish leader Saul who persecuted the early church with ferocity. He was not one to be trifled with, but Jesus had no fear. Jesus stopped Saul in his tracks on the road to Damascus and initiated Saul’s gospel-powered transformation to Paul.The man who once sought to extinguish the church was himself kindled by the all-consuming fire of Christ, and became a spark igniting whole cities with the gospel, to the ends of the earth. As Paul traveled through Asia and Europe he brought with him the life-changing hope of salvation, and as multitudes of believers were given new life, he would write to them to give instruction, provide encouragement, and when needed impart correction.
His deep love for the church of Christ kept both his pen and his feet moving; here are ten incontrovertible themes the Holy Spirit continuously inspired through him.