Church History 2C: Paul in Prison

Paul’s arrest After his third missionary journey, Paul traveled to Jerusalem, even though he knew it would get him in trouble. Jews from Asia (Turkey) accused Paul of disrespect for the law and the temple. They falsely claimed that he had brought an uncircumcised friend into the temple. The Roman government arrested Paul to prevent…

Church History 1C: Paul

Saul of Tarsus Saul was a Roman citizen from birth. He was born in Tarsus in Cilicia and apparently had a thorough education in Hellenistic learning. At the same time, he was a Jew and could trace his ancestry to the tribe of Benjamin. He received his religious training in Jerusalem, under the famous teacher…

Church History 1B: The Early Church

What is the church? The English word church goes back to the Greek ekklesia kyriake, “assembly of the Lord”. By using the word ekklesia, the New Testament reminds us of the assembly of Israelites in the Wilderness under Moses. Just as Moses gathered these ancient believers and led them to the Promised Land, so Jesus…