Monday, May 01, 2006

Paul's Conversion

During the intensive class on the weekend, we discussed the five ways which shaped Paul’s conversion:

(1) Paul was confronted with the living Christ – the fact that Jesus was alive revoluntionalised Paul’s life. His conversion radically transformed his life.
Do you have a conversion experience which transformed your life?

(2) Salvation was revealed as a new way – Paul’s before and after statements (Eph 2): darkness to light, dead to alive! The old way can’t be compared to the new way. On the Damascus Road, Paul encountered God in a radical way.
In the same way, God constantly confronts and reveals Himself to us, and we need to change the ways we do things to be aligned with Christ.

(3) It is God who takes the initiative and people respond.
How do you respond to God?

(4) Reconciling grace was the central issue behind Paul’s theology
How do you see grace? Is that central to your theology?

(5) Jesus is Lord – “Lord” is the same word for “Yaweh” in the Old Testament. The word “Lord” carried with it tremendous meaning for the Gospel and Kingdom of God. Every area of Paul’s life is touched by Christ’s Lordship.
Is Jesus your Lord? Is every area of your life touched by Christ's Lordship?


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Good questions.

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes Matthew, these questions are worth pondering.

Kc said...

Great post sis. I realy like this approach to self examination. ;-)

Kitty Cheng said...

Thanks Kc. This approach to self examination has kind of become my 'routine / rhythm of life'.