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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 27, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 27, 2023

A Study of An Apostle

By Sarah Coffey

Hello again! I am so excited because this week we are taking a closer at one individual in Acts; my guy, the Apostle Paul! Now, I don’t know if you’re supposed to have a favorite apostle, but I definitely do, and it is definitely Paul.

I love his spunk and his fiery nature. I love that he did not sugar coat anything, but spoke the truth in boldness. I love that he always waited until they had him in chains to tell people that he was a Roman citizen (I think he enjoyed seeing the look on their faces). I love that he took the time in the middle of a hurricane to say, “I told you so” before telling everyone the Lord was rescuing them. But most of all, I love his heart for the lost and for the people of God.

What we see from Paul in Acts is a man on a mission. He never, ever squandered an opportunity to share the Gospel or encourage fellow believers in the faith. He is considered by many to be the greatest evangelist of all time, but I think he could also be considered one of the greatest disciple-makers as well. His ministry set the foundation for the church on how we are to not only be continually evangelizing, but also continually equipping and discipling others.

What struck me most in studying Paul, was what he says to the believers in Ephesus as he departs for Jerusalem and then Rome:

“Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole Will of God, which he bought with his own blood”.

All I could think of when reading this passage was, “will I be able to say this someday?” When I am at the end of my life, will I be able to look back and say with the absolute certainty that Paul had, that I proclaimed the Gospel at every opportunity? It is yet another poignant reminder for all of us to keep our eyes fixed on the eternal versus the temporal.

It is also a reminder that Paul did not do this out of his own strength. Paul was a man who allowed himself to be filled with the Holy Spirit and trust in His Power. A power that transformed him from a man who persecuted Christians so severely that years after his conversion the church was still terrified of him, to a man who so committed to the calling given to him by the Lord, that the demons know him by name.

Ladies, it is that same power, that miraculous transforming power of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered with. Imagine what our lives would look like if we fully lived in that power!

As we close this study in Acts, I pray that you meditate on the words below from Paul and that they serve as an encouragement to you as we run our own races in the faith.

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

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