Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
July 11, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<004> Thesis: Central to the capacity to "believe" is the question of trustworthiness. Introduction: In our last study, we considered the reason for Paul's abandonment of his life-long identity as "Saul". We saw that Paul considered "Saul" to be both a name and an expression of a systemic problem that can warp everything that arises out of it. This is made even more potent when we realize that Jesus taught that if a person is a "Saul", he/she cannot be trusted (John 7:18). Thus, he wanted nothing to do with such an identity. Additionally, we saw that the book of Galatians is, at root, a letter about the sharp distinction between the "methodologies" of Life of "Sauls" and "Pauls". This evening we are going to pursue Paul's "self-identity" as it relates to his readers. He calls himself "an apostle ... through Jesus Christ and God the Father". What is the significance of this?