Homework Question on My Memoirs
- The time of my departure has come. . . . Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia. Titus left for Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me.” 2 Timothy 4:6-11 The Apostle Paul sits on death row in a lonely cell in Rome. Abandoned by all and visited only by Luke, he contemplates his life and the message about Jesus which he has been proclaiming throughout the Roman world. It has been thirty years since his experience on the Damsacus road. He decides to set his thoughts onto paper. Assignment Pretend that you are Paul. Before you meet the executioner’s ax, you have decided to write your memoirs. As Paul, write an autobiographical account of yourself in which you elucidate your life, your convictions, and your struggles as an apostle of Jesus.
- Your memoirs (essay) must include
- An account of your social and religious up-bringing and credentials,
- The basis of your claims and affirmations about Jesus,
- Your claim to be His Apostle and its role in your ministry, and
- The reasons why so many, at first, found your message a very hard pill to swallow.
- You must elucidate your (Paul’s) core beliefs about Jesus,
- Your understanding about the Law (Torah)—including the contentious issue of circumcision, and
- Describe the foundation of your ethics: what it is that shapes, directs, and empowers God-pleasing behavior. You, Paul, have been misunderstood by Jews and Gentiles alike. Your memoirs, you hope, will provide clarification, as well as offer an explanation as to why you are about to be executed.
- Why, do you believe, does the State want you dead?
- How is Imperial Rome threatened by your message?
- In what ways, is Imperial Rome challenged by your message?
- Should Romans be nervous about the things that you, Paul, proclaim?
- How should Christians see themselves in relation to the government of Rome?
- Nuts and Bolts Length: three pages; 12pt Times New Roman font; 1.5 spacing (including between paragraphs); 1” margins.
Homework Answer on My Memoirs
A time has come for me to bid farewell to this world, but even as I do it, my faith is still centered in Christ who died for my sins and whose principles I still proclaim for he is Ebenezer. Friends, I want you to know that my life has reflected my faith to the gentiles, and this is the price I have to pay to show that I will not turn away from what I truly believe to be true, for God has an incalculable love in all of us; and if dying is what it takes to show others of this love, I will boldly welcome the ax knowing that Christ Jesus will give me the strength to overcome.
My faith as a believer of the word of God has come from hearing it, for when I heard, I believed and became deeply convicted that Jesus Christ is the son of God. I have met many brothers and sisters who have strengthened, encouraged and accompanied me in my walk with Christ. One important conviction that I have is that we should all boldly proclaim of God’s goodness at all times, regardless of the challenges that we are going through since he is just, and in due time will receive us with a crown.
Even as I say all this, my greatest assignment is to show you who I am in Christ. I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, this means that I can be able to do all; things through Christ who gives me strengths (The English Standard Version, Phillipians 4.13). Since that day I received Jesus, I became a new creation, I now have the mind of Christ. I have the greater one living in me, for just like John contended, the one in me is greater than the one in this world. Through Christ, I now have the knowledge of God’s will for us.