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How Saul Becomes Paul

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This week, Pastor Dennis leads a conversation on how Saul became Paul by tracing Saul’s story from his introduction in Acts 8 to the conclusion of his first missionary journey in Acts 14. When Luke introduces Saul into the Acts narrative, Saul is at the top of Jewish life – educated by the renowned rabbi, Gamaliel, and a member of the Sanhedrin, Saul was acquainted with power. But Jesus finds Saul along the Damascus Road and invites him into a journey, a roughly thirteen year journey, where Saul will step out of the limelight and into obscurity. Because it’s here, in obscurity that Jesus will build into Saul everything he needs to fulfill his destiny as Paul (a name that means “humble”). And, it’s oftentimes in similar seasons that Jesus will do the same kind of work in us. Saul entered the valley with Jesus and became new. We can, too.