Paul, writer of 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament, described himself as the chief of sinners and the least of the apostles. In The Life and Labours of Paul, Reg Piper enables readers to ‘accompany’ Paul on a chronological guided tour of his life and ministry, with the aim of increasing our understanding and ability to do the will of God to Jesus’ glory as Paul did, in every circumstance, despite our failings.
These daily reflections cover 40 days—helpful in the Lent period leading up to Easter, but effective any time throughout the year. Questions for group discussion or personal reflection, as well as sermon outlines, are also included.
About the author
Reg Piper is on staff at St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral, Wollongong. He was Bishop of Wollongong from 1993 to 2007 and has served as rector of several Anglican parishes, including Holy Trinity Adelaide, Kiama and Gymea. Bishop Piper has a Doctorate of Ministry through the Los Angeles Fuller Theological Seminary and counts the evangelistic and pastoral ministry of the Apostle Paul as one of his special interests. He and his wife Dorothy have three children and seven grandchildren.
This resource provides a great opportunity not only through the season of Lent but at any other time of the year to trace Paul’s life as an apostle from his conversion to his martyrdom. The study allows its readers to immerse themselves in Paul’s life, starting with how he was persecuting Christians, to his conversion, through his missionary journeys and in his final years in Rome.
There are daily bible readings and commentaries along with a daily prayer. As well, there are sermon guides and questions for personal reflection or for group discussion. I would highly recommend this study, written by Bishop Reg Piper, who has had a scholarly interest in St Paul for many years. It is a study that I would recommend to anyone or a group of people who wish to learn more about the Christian faith through God’s influence on a former persecutor of Christians who then become of the great apostles.
- The Reverend Paul Devenport
The Riverland, The Diocese of The Murray, South Australia
I had the wonderful privilege of serving under the leadership of Reg Piper for many years, both as a church member and as part of a staff team that he led. The Life and Labours of Paul is written by someone who has made it a lifelong goal to study the life of the Apostle Paul and to also faithfully model his own life and ministry along the same lines. Like the Apostle, Reg Piper knows that “…to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21).This devotional study guide will deepen insight into the scriptures and also enrich the heart of anyone who wants to grow as a disciple of Jesus.
- The Reverend Paul Harrington
Rector, Holy Trinity Adelaide, South Australia