When someone responds to the call of God, it is remembered as a conversion experience and is authenticated by a changed lifestyle. In the NT conversion is followed by baptism, as with the Philippian gaoler and his household (Acts 16). Paul's transition from persecuting Jew to evangelizing Christian has been traditionally called his conversion, but it was certainly not a change from unbelief to faith or from a life of dissipation to one of austerity. He probably did not even see it as a transfer in religious allegiance, but from his inherited Judaism to true Judaism. Paul was now convinced that he was called to go to the Gentiles to bring them to faith in Jesus who was after all the Messiah proclaimed by the formerly despised sect of Nazoreans, to whom Paul now attached himself (Acts 24: 5). Those who responded to his preaching were attracted by the strong group identity of the Christian house communities. Paul's converts were often on the margin of society (1 Cor. 1: 26) and women attracted by being valued as equal persons (Gal. 3: 28).