This week’s MelVee Sabbath School Lesson 11 is about, “Paul, His Background and Calling.” The discussion is hosted by Elder Richard William Ntini and he is joined by Elder Commence Nkomo and Vaughan “Von” Fleischer. The discussion is underpinned by Acts 9:15-16 which says, “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (KJV).
Paul was a one of the most central figures in the New Testament. Born of Diaspora Jews (Jews who were not living in the land of Israel) from the tribe of Benjamin, Paul was originally from Tarsus, an important town on the trade route between Syria and western Asia (Acts 22:3), and also a multicultural centre of industry and learning and home for a short time to Rome’s most famous orator and senator, Cicero.
Paul is a key figure, and much more is known about him than any other first-century Christian. He is especially remembered for his significant contributions that have influenced Christian outreach during the past two millennia. Paul brought God’s Word from Israel to the Gentiles in order that the Gentiles could do God’s will. His missionary visits and activities to the nations around the Mediterranean Sea set a powerful example for Christian missions in coming generations.
Paul is credited with lifting biblical absolutes from their Jewish culture, where civil, ritual, and moral laws were so integrated into the fabric of Jewish life that there was hardly any distinction between the Jewish custom and what they thought was God’s everlasting message to the nations.
Join us this week as the MelVee Sabbath School Guest Team takes a closer look at someone who, other than Jesus Himself, is thought by many to be the most important figure in the New Testament.
This program was Recorded and Produced by:
MelVee Video Productions,
“A Divine Voice Out of Africa”