So St. Paul had already been away from the community he had founded in Corinth. Yet, despite having left leaders in that community, he still kept an eye in the spiritual performance of the people he had come to love as a father loves his children. He received news from them and he began to … More When St. Paul had to play the managerial role of a judge
“Come and see” (John 1:39) was the invitation Jesus had made to John and Andrew. That was the beginning of their gradual commitment into discipleship. Each of the 12 apostles would be carefully chosen to be with him to be sent into a mission. Jesus carefully mentored each of them. He modeled the type of leader … More Clarity of expectations and Jesus’ mentoring style
The first message of Peter to a crowd right after Pentecost brought about the conversion and baptism of 3,000. (Acts 2:41) This big catch is presented not as a sign of his human eloquence but as a sign of his renewed spirit and conviction, fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life. At times, followers … More The power of one and the possibility of exponential multiplication
Jesus had commanded them to go and announce his Divine Message to all the world, to every creature. Paul took this commandment to heart. He had grown up as a devout Jew. His family had been wealthy and had not spared resources in the education of the young man. He was originally from Tarsus, capital … More Market segmentation in Paul’s strategy to announce the Gospel
He had been traveling all around the most important cities of the Roman Empire planting christian communities. He had been, as a custom, spending some time at a specific city. We would stay for months. He would preach, he would gather new disciples. Most importantly, he would leave leaders in his place (Titus 1:5). Yet, … More St. Paul micromanaging the primitive communities?
We may remember the zeal of the previous young Saul of Tarsus. His impetus desire to eliminate this sect, the followers of Jesus. Just as zealous persecuting christians, after his conversion he becomes zealous preaching the gospel. His dedication is admirable. And he demands the same dedication from his companions, from his team. They are … More When St. Paul had to dismiss an A player from his team
Jesus was very intentional about founding the Church. It was called The Way by the first apostles. He would spend the whole night in prayer. He chose twelve men. Each of their names is intentionally named. They were to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Hence, we see that he is starting something new and … More How Jesus selected his apostles