SERIES: Paul's Long Road to Rome
MESSAGE: Surprising Ingredients for Greatness
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:23-31;Galatians 1:1-24

When people study the life of the Apostle Paul, they normally focus on his conversion on the Damascus Road and then his missionary journeys. Today we look at the most overlooked period of Paul's life—years shrouded mostly by silence and obscurity. During this time Paul was molded into greatness. What he emerges as later on is largely determined by what he experiences during these early years of privacy, difficulty and obscurity.

I. Privacy—Arabia (Acts 9:23a, Gal. 1:15-17)

II. Difficulty—Damascus & Jerusalem (Gal 1:17-20, Acts 9:23-29)
A. Persecution from Unbelievers
B. Hesitation from Believers
C. Resolution from Barnabas

III. Obscurity—Tarsus (Acts 9:30-31; Gal. 1:21-24)

1. How important is preparation to you? Do you prepare spiritually for each day by time alone with God or do you just "play it by ear?"

2. Waiting on God without noticeable activity is one of the hardest disciplines to endure. How could you actually learn not to merely endure these times but enjoy them?

3. What ways have you been treated badly by unbelievers for your faith and also misunderstood by believers? How has God used this to make you better?

Topic: Paul's Life

Keywords: difficulty, privacy, persecution, hesitation, Obscurity

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