Hello FPC Family,

I hope you all are off to having an amazing week! Moving on with looking at the Doctrine of Scripture let us consider Paul. Paul might be one of the greatest missionaries to have ever lived. He might also have one of the greatest testimonies ever. Here is a man who persecuted Christians to the extent of having them martyred, look at the stoning of Stephen, Paul was there looking on, possibly with a smile on his face. Then on his way to Damascus he is converted to following Jesus and becomes the disciple to the Gentiles. If you are not an ethnic Jew, you can thank Paul for your salvation! When Paul first meets the other disciples they were not sure if he was telling the truth! I mean this guy was just killing them! They probably thought he was trying to infiltrate them and bring them down from the inside, but when he told them his testimony they trusted him. Throughout his ministry the disciples began looking to Paul as one of their leaders. Read this from 2 Peter 3:15-16:

 “And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.”

Peter is equivacating Paul’s writings to the Scriptures of the Old Testament! Think about that for just a moment. We have a man who lived with Jesus and had Jesus teach him all about the Old Testament saying that the writings of Paul are on the same level as the Scriptures! This belief that Paul’s writings are divinely inspired has been around since the beginning of the church! How amazing is that?!

In Christ,

Rev. Michael Morris

Assistant Pastor/Director of Student Ministries