Paul, who lived during Bible times, was not a Christian. In fact, he persecuted many Christians, until Jesus changed him. After he gave his life to Jesus, he spent the rest of his time on earth sharing the gospel with others. The many troubles he had along the way created more opportunities to share about Christ.
Wherever Paul went, he drew big crowds. He also attracted persecutors.
In Antioch, he preached in the synagogues where Jews worship. “Salvation through Jesus is for everyone!” he proclaimed. The following week, almost the entire city flocked to hear Paul.
“Who does he think he is, leading people away from our religion?” muttered Jewish leaders who were jealous of Paul. They left the synagogue with a plan to rid their town of this troublemaker.
As the jealous Jewish leaders stirred up trouble for Paul, those who heard his message told others. Like feathers in the wind, the gospel spread far and wide. No one could stop it, not even angry religious and city leaders.
“Seize him!” cried one of the city leaders.
Suddenly the crowd turned on him. They pushed Paul through the city gate and forced him to leave. But that didn’t stop Paul and his friends. He left for another city. The more the Jews and Gentiles pursued Paul, the more the gospel spread.
To Discuss: Paul was kicked out of many places. How did that help the gospel spread?
(This story is an excerpt from God’s Apostle: The Adventures of Paul by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden, available from The Voice of the Martyrs.