Congrats- we have almost completed reading the entire New Testament as told by The Story. This is the second to last chapter in the book. Which means that summer is almost over…what?! So fast?
Our summer book club will be coming to a close. But we’re gearing up for an exciting start to fall.
Beginning on August 7, our brand new series that YOU voted for will begin: “Did Jesus Really Mean What He Said? 5 Famous Sayings” will be running from Aug. 7-Sept. 4. Please join us!
The End of Paul’s Journey
Here we read about the end of Paul’s life. It turns out the end of Paul’s life is very different from the beginning.
When Paul first arrived on the biblical scene, he was holding the coats of the people who were stoning Stephen to death. At the end of his life, Paul is traveling to Rome in order to preach the gospel- even if it costs him his life.
I resonate with the resolve of Paul. A prophet named Agabus (how cool a name is that?) told him that if he traveled to Jerusalem that he would be chained up (arrested). His friends begged him not to go.
Paul went anyway.
“Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus,” Paul stated.
His physical well-being was less important than sharing about God’s hope for His people.
Paul spends his last days in captivity. And yet…he even uses his captivity as a way to share the Gospel message. We are told that “For two whole years, Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ- with all boldness and without hindrance.”
Paul viewed challenges in his life as opportunities to share God’s message.
Even when he was shipwrecked.
That’s right- God told Paul that he would go to Rome to deliver the gospel to the Gentiles. Paul was faithful to this call and so I would think that it would be smooth sailing.
But then the ship hit a storm.
All the people on board were afraid and upset; Paul used it as an opportunity to trust in God. What an wonderful example.
It makes me wonder about the times in my life that I can do a better job of trusting God. The times of stress and challenges can oftentimes feel like a storm. Like Paul, I’d like to maintain my trust in God even in times of uncertainty.
Next week we’ll cover the book of Revelation. See you then!