How did Paul Encourage the Spread of Christianity?
Paul encouraged the spread of Christianity by traveling to different cities and preaching the gospel to the people. Paul preached the gospel both to the Gentiles and the Jews. While preaching the good news, he faced many challenges including imprisonment, whipping, stoning, riots, and etc. The Jews always tried to kill him because he preached that Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Messiah, which is contrary to their doctrine. The Jews were still waiting for a Messiah to come but they did not acknowledged Jesus Christ as the Messiah. You can read about Paul missionary from Acts 13 – Acts 28.
Paul used to be a Pharisee who persecuted the Christians. He was the one whom the Israelite cast their cloaks to his feet as a vote for stoning the apostle Stephen to death. One day, while he was on his way to Damascus with a letter of permission from the high priest to take as prisoner any disciple of Jesus Christ he found at the synagogue there.
Suddenly, a bright line flashed around him and he heard a voice asking why he persecute him. He replied by asking the voice who was speaking and the voice replied Jesus. His traveling companions did not see anyone although they heard the voice. Immediately, he became blind and his traveling companions led him by hand into Damascus. He fasted for 3 days until Ananias laid hands and prayed for him. He felt something like scales fell off his eyes and his eyesight recovered after Ananias prayed for him. This started his career in becoming an evangelist and taking the good news of the gospel to the people everywhere he go (Acts 8-9).
Paul presented himself as a good role model for other Christians. His self sacrifice for the gospel of Jesus Christ shows that we are to deny ourselves in order to carry the cross of Jesus Christ. He did not care about death but is always enthusiastic in bringing the gospel to the people. Paul demonstrates a good example that Christians are to love their enemies and pray for them instead of taking revenge. Paul did not take revenge on the Jews who stoned him and set up plots to take his lives. The Holy Spirit gives Paul the power to love not only his friends, but also the enemies.
Paul’s enthusiasm encouraged other Christians to also be enthusiastic for God. Paul planted churches in the places where he preached the gospels. He made trips to visit these churches to encourage them to continue in God fervently from time to time. He also wrote letters to the different churches to give address the problems that arose in their congregations. The epistles written by Paul in the New Testament are Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. These epistles were later collected and included in the New Testament. Paul’s epistles account for the most of the letters in the New Testament. We read Paul’s epistles to learn how to conduct God’s commandments in different aspects of our lives.
We must set ourselves a good role model, always putting God’s commandments in o ur lives so that others can see the testimony of Jesus Christ and be converted. We must also do our best in preaching the good news of the gospel to every person we meet including family members, workplace, schools, and other places where we go.
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:1-13 KJV)
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 KJV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 KJV)
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47 KJV)
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! (1 Corinthians 9:16 KJV)
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12 KJV)
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV)
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people (Revelation 14:6 KJV)
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14 KJV)
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2 KJV)
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister (Colossians 1:23 KJV)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:15-20 KJV)