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Book of Galatians

Day 8

READ Galatians 1:21-24
Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me.

In these verses, Paul continues to recount the early years of his ministry following his conversion. He emphasizes that his preaching in the regions of Syria and Cilicia was unknown by face to the Judean churches, affirming the independence and authenticity of his apostolic calling.

Paul’s testimony serves as a powerful example of God’s transforming grace at work in the life of an individual. From being a persecutor of the church to becoming a passionate preacher of the gospel, Paul’s life bears witness to the radical change that occurs when a person encounters Christ. His ministry in the regions of Syria and Cilicia was characterized by boldness and zeal, as he proclaimed the gospel message to both Jews and Gentiles.

As we reflect on Paul’s testimony, we are reminded of the transformative power of God’s grace to change lives and empower individuals for ministry. Like Paul, each of us has a unique story of God’s grace at work in our lives, and we are called to share that testimony with others. Our witness to God’s transforming grace has the potential to impact lives and bring glory to His name.

Questions to ponder:

  • Reflect on Paul’s testimony of transformation from persecutor to preacher of the gospel. How does his story inspire and challenge you in your own journey of faith?
  • Are there any barriers or challenges that prevent you from sharing your testimony or proclaiming the gospel? If so, what steps can you take to overcome them?
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