Introduction to Paul
This story of Jesus is seen by Christians as good news (the word gospel simplymeans good news).
They see in the events of Jesus life the hope for forgiveness of our sins,and resurrection to eternal life.
The news about Jesus needs to heard and believed.
The fifth book of the New Testament (Acts) tells how the news about Jesusfirst went out into the world, and new churches were established.
A church is simply a gathering of people who believe the story of Jesusand have committed their lives to live under his rule.
The remainder of the New Testament is predominantly letters, written byauthorised Christian leaders to these young churches.
When you read the Gospels, it becomes clear that Jesus specifically selected agroup of special leaders to be the ones who would acts as his authoritativewitnesses and leaders. We call these people
Some of the apostles focus on writing our Gospels
the four accountsof Jesus
Other apostles focus on writing letters to the young churches, guidingthem in what they should believe, and how they should behave asfollowers of Jesus.
Even though these letters were written to specific situations, and specificchurches, it was quickly recognised they had universal value
that theteaching contained within was ultimately relevant to everyone.
The Gospels tell the Story Acts shows us how the Story spread The Letters shows us how to live the Story.
The main letter writer is an apostle named Paul.
He becomes an apostle in the book of Acts (Acts 9:1-9) when he meets theresurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus.
He is then authorised by Jesus to be the leader who watches over the Gentile(non- Jewish) churches.
Over the years, as recorded by the book of Acts, Paul goes on many differentmissionary journeys to both spread the word and to encourage youngchurches.