Paul, God’s Evangelist and Minister

by Raymond E. Isbell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/23/2011

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452067414
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452067421
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452067438

About the Book

I am painfully aware of the fact that this presentation does not and cannot do justice to, perhaps, the greatest man to live during the Christian age. As improbable as it may have seemed, God took a young man named Saul and used him to spread the gospel to the world. Who could believe that God would take a narrow minded Pharisee, a conspiring murderer of Christians, a man with seemingly little oratorical ability, and a man without the experience of his own wife and family and use him in an unbelievable capacity to spread the gospel to the Gentile world. At the same time God used him to convince the Jews that Jesus Christ was the Savior they had anticipated for centuries and that their “Law” was the schoolmaster to bring the world to Christ for the redemption of all.

Paul’s evangelical work and personal letters to churches and individuals probably defined more activities and established more attitudes for worship and personal behavior for Christians than the activities any other person.

About the Author

Raymond E. Isbell received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics, a master’s degree in organic chemistry, and a doctor of philosophy degree in physical and analytical chemistry. He served as a research chemist for seven years with studies mostly in solid rocket propellants and slow-release nitrogen fertilizers. He taught chemistry at the undergraduate level for over thirty years and served as professor and department head for seventeen of those years. During his career, he was active in several scientific and scholastic organizations including the American Chemical Society and the Alabama Academy of Science and taught several chemistry courses, including his specialties in physical chemistry and analytical chemical instrumentation. His hobbies are gardening, plant propagation, and woodworking.

At the age of twelve, Dr. Isbell was baptized into Christ at the Spring Valley Church of Christ in Colbert County, Alabama. That small country congregation made a lasting impact on him as he observed the open atmosphere in the adult Bible classes in which diverse views were discussed and tolerated without rancor. It was also well ahead of the social and civil curve of the time as black visitors were welcomed to the services, and black and white Christians shared meals and prayed together.

During his career, Dr. Isbell has served several congregations in the capacity of member, deacon, elder, and guest lecturer. It is his sincere belief that in the not-too-distant future, all Christians must put aside the luxury of quibbling over incidentals and concentrate on saving Christianity from a world bent on destroying it.

Dr. Isbell has been married to Shirley Anne James Isbell for over fifty years, and they have a son and a daughter.