2014 Lent reflections – the Birth and Growth of a church

Paul the Apostle was a church-starter.  On his travels around the known world he covered around 18,000 miles, 10,000 of them on foot.  On one journey he arrived in Ephesus, a busy port in what we know as Turkey, and stayed there for three years.

After he left Ephesus he kept in contact and wrote to the people who had become the church there, and what he wrote has come down to us as the letter to the Ephesians, or Ephesians for short.  One wonders how many of Paul’s letters may have not survived.

There is yet another letter to the church at Ephesus.  This one wasn’t written by Paul.  You will find this in the book of Revelation.

In this study I want to look at Paul’s stay, to find out what he did there, and how a church was started and developed under his guidance.  We’ll also look a little into Paul’s calling.

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