St Paul - Christian Hero
'There is no longer Jew or
Greek, slave or free, male and female; for all of you are one in Christ
Jesus.' Galatians 3:28
'For the whole Law is summed
up in one commandment: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' Galatians
'Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.' Romans 5:1
'....so we, who are many, are one body in Christ....' Romans 12:5
is Killed Acts 7:54-8:3
When they heard these things, they became furious and ground their teeth
7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy
Spirit, looked intently toward heaven and saw the glory of God, and
Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
7:56 “Look!” he said. “I see the heavens
opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
a modern-day stoning;
this is what happened to Stephen
But they covered their ears, shouting out with a loud voice, and
rushed at him with one intent.
7:58 When they had driven him out of the city,
they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their cloaks at the feet
of a young man named Saul.
7:59 They continued to stone Stephen while he
prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
7:60 Then he fell to his knees and cried out
with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” When he
had said this, he died.
8:1 And Saul agreed completely with killing him.
Begins to Persecute the Church
Now on that day a great
persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the
apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions of Judea and
8:2 Some devout men buried Stephen and made
loud lamentation over him.
8:3 But Saul was trying to destroy the church;
entering one house after another, he dragged off both men and women and
put them in prison.
Conversion of Saul Acts 9:1-31
1 Meanwhile Saul,
still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went
to the high priest
2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that
if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them
bound to Jerusalem.
3 Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a
light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why
do you persecute me?”
5 He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus,
whom you are persecuting.
6 But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are
7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they
heard the voice but saw no one.
8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he
could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into
9 For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said
to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am,
11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called
Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul.
At this moment he is praying,
12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay
his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this
man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem;
14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who
invoke your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I
have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the
people of Israel;
16I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my
17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul
and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way
here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the
18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his
sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized,
19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several
days he was with the disciples in Damascus,
20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
saying, “He is the Son of God.”
21 All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man
who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he
not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief
22 Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews
who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.
23 After some time had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him,
24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates
day and night so that they might kill him;
St Paul Being Lowered in a Basket,
detail of the mosaic at Monreale Cathedral. Sicily
but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in
the wall, lowering him in a basket.
26 When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the
disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that
he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described
for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and
how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.
28 So he went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in
the name of the Lord.
29 He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting
to kill him.
30 When the believers learned of it, they brought him down to
Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had
peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort
of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
and Silas in Prison Acts 16:16-40
16 One day, as
we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit
of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by
17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These
men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of
18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much
annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of
Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was
gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace
before the authorities.
St Paul Visits St Peter in Prison, Filippino Lippi
When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men
are disturbing our city; they are Jews
21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as
Romans to adopt or observe.”
22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had
them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with
23 After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw
them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.
24 Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost
cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing
hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Earthquake Frees Paul
26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the
foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were
opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that
the prisoners had escaped.
28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself,
for we are all here.”
29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down
trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I
do to be saved?”
31 They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will
be saved, you and your household.”
32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were
in his house.
33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their
wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.
34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them;
and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in
35 When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying,
“Let those men go.”
36 And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, “The
magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in
37 But Paul replied, “They have beaten us in public,
uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison;
and now are they going to discharge us in secret? Certainly not! Let them
come and take us out themselves.”
38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and
they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens;
39 so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out
and asked them to leave the city.
40 After leaving the prison they went to Lydia’s home; and
when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they
St Paul Writing His Epistles,
Nicolas Tournier or Valentin de Boulogne
in Athens, Acts 17:16-34
Corinth, Acts 18:1-23
Ephesus, Acts 19:1-41
Begins his Journey to Jerusalem,
Continues his Journey to Jerusalem,
Defends Himself, Acts 21:37 - 22
Before the Council, Acts 22:30 -
to Kill Paul, Acts 23:12 - 35
Before Felix at Caesarea, Acts 24
Appeals to the Emperor, Acts
Brought Before King Agrippa, Acts
Defends Himself Before Agrippa,
Sails for Rome, Acts 27
Malta, Acts 28:1-10
Arrives in Rome, Preaches, Acts 28:11-30