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The Apostle Paul who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament in epistle form employed yet embellished and expanded upon the Greco-Roman model of his day. 10 Major Themes in Paul's Letters that Will Grow Our Love for Christ. These are direct letters from Christ to the churches—direct letters—because He tells them right here, Revelation 1:19: “Write the things that you saw, and the things that are, and the things that shall take place hereafter. They believe the implication in these passages is that only men can be church leaders. I Corinthians. Frequently in his opening address this Sent One called himself a doulos, meaning in Greek a slave for Christ: Paul, a doulos of Christ Jesus in Romans 1:1; and in Titus 1:1 Paul a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Chri… The Epistles are letters written to the fledgling churches and individual believers in the earliest days of Christianity. Paul went through Macedonia into Achaea [Acts 20:1–2] and stayed in Greece, probably Corinth, … Email (required) Paul's Mission and Letters Carrying the 'good news' of Jesus Christ to non-Jews, Paul's letters to his fledgling congregations reveal their internal tension and conflict. Why was it written? … After helping to establish the young Christian church in Thessalonica, Paul had been driven out of the city (“torn away,” as he describes it). I - THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, AND "JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH" PAUL'S EAGERNESS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF ROME . The books of Romans through 2 Thessalonians were written by Paul over a period of fourteen years to seven churches scattered throughout Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome. Paul wrote 14 letters. The Jerusalem Bible suggests that the letter to the church in Philippi was also written from Ephesus. Women in the Roman house churches. Paul challenged his Corinthian brothers and sisters not just to step back from error, but to actively cultivate holy lives in emulation of Jesus Christ. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the Apostle Paul. 1: 8-15 Paul thanks God for the church in Rome, and longs to share the Gospel with them in … Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 4 November 1956. Some people think that the qualifications for church leaders recorded in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9apply only to men. Paul’s Letters to the Churches Class Review Guide. Nine of Paul’s letters were addressed to local churches in certain areas of the Roman empire. Rev. The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, probably written about 53–54 ce at Ephesus, Asia Minor, deals with problems that arose in the early years after Paul’s initial missionary visit (c. 50–51) to Corinth and his establishment there of a Christian community.The letter is valuable for its illuminations both of Paul’s thoughts and of the problems of the early church. The Learn the New Testament Pack will help you or your small group dive deeper into the New Testament. This is the summary of Paul's letters as provided by Shane L. during our study into these letters. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians. He cared for each church and its members and even wrote letters to many of them. St. Paul seems to have regarded himself as responsible, in addition to the churches he established, for all the churches he knew (2 Cor 11:28) and corresponded with them. The postmark reveals that it comes from the city of Ephesus. It sure made the hard days of ministry a little bit easier. He may have also visited most of them once or more. At the beginning of 9 of the 14 letters Paul identified himself as an Apostle of Christ. 1 Corinthians: Church Problems (A.D. 55) Paul writes this letter to solve problems of manners, morals, and beliefs within the church. You may find that you want to slow the pace down to 60 days instead (which you can accomplish by reading 1 to 2 chapters a day instead of 2 to 3). Not until some time passed after Paul's death were these letters circulated among the churches and read along with the Old Testament Scriptures as a part of regular worship services. (Many first-century churches met in homes that were hosted and cared for by the householder.) Jeopardy game: At the end of Paul’s Letters to the Churches, spend time reviewing the entire set with a fun Jeopardy review game. Paul took the great truths of the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ and explained and applied them for the members of these newly established centers of Christian worship and witness. Some say that there is just one church in Philippi because Paul wrote a letter to them, but it is actually to the saints in Christ who are in Philippi. Hope of the Resurrection: Besides encouraging the church, Paul wrote this letter to correct some doctrinal errors regarding the resurrection. Application: what Christians should do with doctrine 3. The letter was written prior to Paul revisiting these churches during his second missionary journey of 50 – 52AD. You will learn more about Jesus’ redemptive mission in the world, better understand the beliefs and practices of the Christian church, and even grow in your personal relationship with God. 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