He focused on he Paul's testimony. Paul, in several places, declares that Jesus told him that he was going to suffer for the Name of Jesus.
- Jesus prepared Paul.
- Jesus trained Paul.
- Jesus made promises to Paul.
These helped Paul in his ministry. It set proper expectations. Paul didn't think more highly of himself than he should. Paul was able to keep things in perspective and trust Jesus to bring him through trials.
Jesus places value on training. High value. Twice in the gospel accounts Jesus trains His disciples. In Matthew 10, we see a training exercise for the Twelve and in Luke 10, Jesus trains the Seventy.
Authority; Wisdom; Training:
Many believers haven't been exposed to enough of these to be properly prepared for ministry, Stipe asserts.
In 2 Corinthians 11:22-28, Paul tells us about his ministry training. No shortcuts and it ain't cheap.
We need to toughen up.
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