Presentation on theme: "The Pauline Epistles A Survey of Paul’s Life and Ministry through his own writings."— Presentation transcript:
The Pauline Epistles A Survey of Paul’s Life and Ministry through his own writings
Course Overview Why Study Paul? What makes him such an interesting hero of the faith to you?
Course Overview Why Study Paul? Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful
Course Overview Why Study Paul? Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful Clear example of a life of sacrifice and total dedication
Course Overview Why Study Paul? Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful Clear example of a life of sacrifice and total dedication Great deal to learn about theology and church practices
Course Overview Why Study Paul? Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful Clear example of a life of sacrifice and total dedication Great deal to learn about theology and church practices Example of “doing the work of an Evangelist”
Course Overview Why Study Paul? Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful Clear example of a life of sacrifice and total dedication Great deal to learn about theology and church practices Example of “doing the work of an Evangelist” Masterful encourager and developer of others
Course Overview Epistles we will try to cover 1 st /2 nd Thessalonians Earliest Epistles Written from Corinth during the 2 nd missionary journey Dealing with disruptions in the congregation Coping with persecution Understanding the Day of the Lord
Course Overview Epistles we will try to cover Galatians Near the end of his 3 rd missionary journey Dealing with church issues Colossians The fight against seeking out “hidden” truth Waging war against the “New Age” movements of the time
Course Overview Epistles we will try to cover Philemon The equality of God’s love for all The Greatest Commandment lived out practically 2 nd Timothy Final Epistle Closing thoughts on his life and ministry
Course Overview Paul is writing about: Overcoming persecution Evangelizing the lost everywhere we go Training up new believers to be effective in personal ministry Avoiding the dangerous influences of the world into the church’s doctrine Understanding the time is short Living a dedicated and transformed life to glorify God So Maybe we add one more reason to study Paul… The issues haven’t changed a whole lot…
Session 1: Overview of the Apostle Paul Timeline of Paul’s Life Chronology of Paul’s Writings Chronology of Paul’s Journeys Discussion of Paul’s life as Saul Paul’s conversion experience
Timeline of Paul’s Life Paul at Damascus37-40 AD First Journey45-47 AD Second Journey51-53 AD Third Journey54-58 AD Imprisonment in Judea58-60 AD Voyage to Rome60-61 AD Imprisonment in Rome61-63 AD Post-Imprisonment Journeys63-67 AD
Chronology of Paul’s Writings First Thessalonians &Second Thessalonians52 AD Galatians55-57 AD First Corinthians & Second Corinthians57 AD Romans57-58 AD Ephesians, Philippians, & Colossians62 AD Philemon63 AD Hebrews, Titus, & First Timothy64-65 AD Second Timothy66-67 AD
Establishing Chronology Comes from direct references to events that take place in certain ruler’s reigns Comes from double references Looking at the historical timeline we just studied in Acts tells us where Paul would have been Who was with Paul, or not with Paul… Was he in prison or not? Comes from references plus some inferences Paul writes while imprisoned…but which imprisonment? Paul references expecting to see somebody soon on the next trip, probably not his final imprisonment
Putting off the Old Man Who was Saul? What was He like?
A radical intervention What was Paul’s reaction to his encounter with Christ? Lessons from Acts 9 God can bring people to Himself exactly where He finds them God may need to do something drastic in order to get our attention After we are saved, we may still have some explaining to do
Humility & Hope for Us All Humility We are not very much to look at without Christ in our countenance We are without hope We have lots of blood on our hands Hope The blood of Christ redeems us It makes us something new We have a purpose if we choose to take the blinders off Our struggles in serving Him are few compared to the glory of eternity He asks very little in return for what He provides
Next Week Session 2 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1 and 2 Paul’s Thankfulness Paul’s Conduct Paul’s Expectations
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