Paul believed that his
conversion was a calling for him to go preach. An apostle was a missionary
or emissary. Paul's title was the Apostle of Gentiles. He felt this meant
to bring the Gentiles, or Jews, out of the darkness and into the light.
During his first missionary journey Paul traveled with Barnabas. On this
journey he emerged as a leader and developed his strategy. First he would
go to the Jewish synagogue, finding Gentiles who sympathized with Judaism.
He attracted Gentiles first because Paul believed Gentiles were included
in God's people. After Paul's confrontation with Peter, he extended his work
even further. Paul spilt with Peter and Barnabas because he thought they
were threatening the Gospel.
These journeys all started from Jerusalem and returned to Jerusalem at the
end. These missions took about eight years and went to all coasts of the
Aegean Sea with visits in Jerusalem as well. He ended this journey with a
very willful speech that is known as his last testament. The form of Christianity
that Paul preached was becoming less and less similar to Judaism.
Paul was very cautious about being trapped in a support web by other churches.
He wanted to stay independent and did not want to rely on churches because
he knew they would lead him into debt. Paul chose to support himself from
now on. He concentrated this mission on major cities on coast or trade routes.
In this more settled journey me became a pastor and letter writer.