Paul Called by God
11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas[a] and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. 21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
Sermon Study Questions: Galatians 1:11-23
- Tell a story of when you needed ‘expert’ advice. How good or helpful was your expert
- Paul said that he was ‘by God set apart from his mother’s womb’ for his life assignment. Do feel like God has set you apart for a special assignment? What might that be?
- Paul said he went to ‘Arabia’ which may mean solitude. Tell of a time when you got quiet and alone so you could hear God’s voice.
- Paul went from being persecutor to preacher of the good news. Tell of another person’s story (some one you know perhaps) whose life was transformed after they met Jesus.