Have you ever wondered about the Apostle Paul? Wondered what he might have been like and if he was someone you would chum around with? We can learn much from reading about the life of Paul. He was most likely the kind of man that you would love to hate, especially if you were a believer of the Way. This post includes a sign up to receive a 14-day Reading Plan and gives you a quick overview of Paul’s life and teachings.

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Did you realize that the Apostle Paul wrote 13 books, maybe 14 if we knew who wrote the book of Hebrews? There are 27 books in the New Testament which leaves 14 books authored by other men.

Let’s see which books Paul wrote:

  1. Romans
  2. 1 Corinthians
  3. 2 Corinthians
  4. Galatians
  5. Ephesians
  6. Philippians
  7. Colossians
  8. 1 Thessalonians
  9. 2 Thessalonians
  10. 1 Timothy
  11. 2 Timothy
  12. Titus
  13. Philemon

If you’ve ever been curious about Paul’s life and teachings, and if you wanted to read a general overview, then you will enjoy this 14-day topical reading plan. It won’t give you everything about Paul but you will have a good grasp and understanding of the Apostle Paul’s life.

This reading plan will cover topics such as his

  • roadside meeting with the Lord Jesus
  • call to Macedonia and a subsequent jailbreak
  • telling of his story to a king
  • experience on a shipwreck on the way to Rome
  • arrival in Rome and how he was received
  • struggle with sin
  • and many more topics

A Man Named Saul

When we first read about him, he had a different name. We might tend to forget that Paul was first known as Saul and sometimes referred to as Saul of Tarsus.

Saul was a man that people loved, especially the Jews, rather, only the Pharisaical Jews. Those who made the decision to follow after “the Way” lived in fear Saul. No one wanted to be found by him because of what he did with the believers.

Saul was a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5-6) and a man who was full of hate towards those who followed “the Way.” He sought them with threats to kill them (Acts 9:1) and even received approval from the high priest to carry out his plan. No one was safe from Saul!

He had the letters he needed in his hand. Letters that would give him permission to seek out those who believed in Jesus for the purpose of bringing them bound to Jerusalem, (Acts 9:2).

Little did Saul know what change would befall him that day as he walked along the road to Damascus.

Isn’t that just like God? Saul had his plan to round up the believers to bring to Jerusalem for stoning but God had other plans for HIM!

Saul Makes His Own Plan

Right away, on Day 1 of the reading plan of Paul’s life, you’ll read what God did to Saul.

You may already know the story but if it is new to you, then you’ll enjoy reading this. Saul had his plans, he was going to punish those who were against the Jewish Law.

There’s a verse in Proverbs, actually a few verses that talk about men making their own plans. Let’s look at them first.

Proverbs 19:21 Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand. NASB

Proverbs 15:22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors, they succeed. NASB

My favourite verse is actually Psalm 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. NASB

So, what can you learn from these verses that will help you when you consider making your own plans?

First of all, it’s okay to make plans, but I would encourage you to make them in consultation with God. He knows what is best for you so why not talk over your desires with Him?

Psalm 37: 4 says to Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. KJV

So, God wants you to have dreams and desires that come from enjoying His Presence. He wants to give you good things and lead you to the best job or ministry opportunity because ultimately, these things will bring Him glory.

Isn’t Psalm 37:23, mentioned above, the best?!

God’s Plan for Saul

Let’s get back to Saul.

If Saul could have a reading plan about his life, what would he find?

Ah, well, I don’t think it would have included a bright light that blinded him as he was walking to Damascus. And I don’t think he would have included an encounter with the very person he held hatred for in his plan for that day.

Saul’s Conversion along the Road to Damascus [Photo Source: Deposit Photos]

No, I don’t think Saul would have planned to meet up with Jesus in a such a way that it would change his life forever.

You see, Saul, in his zeal for defending the Law, came up against the One who made the Law.

And God had other plans for Saul.

As you continue to read Days 1 and 2 in the reading plan about the Apostle Paul, you will learn of the dramatic change in his life.

The disciples who had been scattered to other regions including Damascus were afraid of him, Acts 9:26. They didn’t believe him except for Barnabas who took Saul under his wing, Acts 9:27. When I read this passage, I would have been just as scared as the others. But, I think Barnabas was hearing from Holy Spirit. What do you think?

Saul’s plan was to round up the believers in Damascus but instead, he preached boldly the name of Jesus in their synagogues, Acts 9:29. What a turnaround!

God’s plan for Saul was to preach Jesus, the very Jesus that Saul hated. Oh, God had such plans for Saul and how his life was changed from that time on! Little did Saul know the magnitude of how he would be used for God’s purposes!

Paul’s Life & Teachings Bible Reading Plan

{aka Small Chunks Topical Reading Plan}

Would you like to read the overview of Paul’s life and teachings for yourself? It won’t take long, only one chapter per day over 14 days. Does that sound doable? This is what Small Chunks is all about. Reading the Word in small chunks of time and small chunks of reading, ie, one chapter per day.

This reading plan won’t give you everything about Paul but you will gain a great foundation for understanding this man who wrote almost half of the New Testament!

AND, it’s yours for free when you sign up to receive the Tabletop Letters to stay connected with me.

From Mercenary to Missionary

After Saul’s conversion and baptism, Saul immediately preached Christ in the synagogues, Acts 9:20. The Jews were skeptical as they were sure he was the same man who had been persecuting the believers, Acts 9:21.

Saul continued to preach Christ in Damascus but after the Jews sought to kill him, Saul left the city and spent three years in Arabia where Jesus taught him, Galatians 1:11-12; 15-18.

Later after Saul returned to Damascus, he became known as Paul, Acts 13:9. He was no longer the same man that was known as a mercenary, one who sought to kill those who believed in Jesus. He was now a missionary, one who preached this same Jesus to any who would listen, both Jews and Gentiles.

The Holy Spirit directed that Paul would be separated, along with Barnabas, for a work that He had planned for them, Acts 13:2.

The missionary work was beginning. Paul and Barnabas traveled to various towns preaching the word of God in the Jews’ synagogues, Acts 13:4-5.

You can read more about his missionary work in the reading plan of Paul’s life and teachings.

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Paul’s Life and Teachings

Paul lived a very interesting life. He wasn’t afraid to speak up when the situation called for it.

For example, his friend and co-worker, Peter, needed to be corrected on some action he was doing wrong. He was hanging out with the Gentiles when it was just them but when the Jews arrived, he removed himself from the Gentiles so he wouldn’t be seen with them.

Why did Peter do this? Was he embarrassed? Or was there another reason?

Paul saw what Peter did and immediately reprimanded him for his actions, Galatians 2:11-13.

God does not show partiality, should we? Romans 2:11 says For there is no respect of persons with God. KJV.

So, based on that, Paul was correct in speaking to Peter about his actions. Besides, whom shall we fear? Man or God?

Some of Paul’s teachings and more details of his life can be found in the reading plan. Here are a few teachings that you will read when you sign up:

  • gospel of Jesus Christ is the only gospel
  • we deserve death as the wages of sin
  • the Christian’s struggle with sin
  • what agape love looks like
  • the life of freedom in Christ
  • thoughts on the afterlife
  • and more

If you are interested in learning more of the Apostle Paul’s life, this link from the Blue Letter Bible on the Timeline of the Apostle Paul will be very helpful. This is the kind of info I like delving into. Do you? Source: BlueLetterBible.org

That’s a Wrap

It’s no wonder that many Christians enjoy reading the books written by Paul as he has written over half of the New Testament. If you are a seasoned Christian, you are more than likely familiar with his writings.

But, if you are new to the faith, you will enjoy reading all that Paul has to say. This reading plan provides an overview of Paul’s life and teachings and will give you a good foundation to start on.

So, tell me, do you enjoy reading Paul’s writing? Which book is your favourite?

Don’t forget that the 14-Day Bible Reading Plan of Paul’s Life & Teachings is yours when you sign up to receive the Tabletop Letters!

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