A zealous Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, looked after the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen. Shortly afterwards, he was journeying to Damascus to find and persecute other Christians when Jesus appeared to him from heaven, and Saul was converted to Christianity. Jesus changed Saul’s name to Paul, and he became known as the apostle Paul. Jesus expressly told Paul that he would become a missionary to the Gentiles. Shortly after that, the apostle Peter had a vision in which the Lord told him that the message of the Gospel was to be taken to the Gentiles as well. This marked a transition in the nature of the Church because, up until this time, the message has been circulated exclusively to Jews.
Tomorrow’s a fourth Sunday in the month, so no morning Explore meeting, but instead an afternoon Bible Study at Colin and Annette’s. Jenny leads us looking at Saul’s road to Damascus, told in Acts 9. Bring some cake and join us from 4.30-6pm. Children can come.