The Epistles (Letters) by lauraarden


									The Epistles (Letters)
Overview of the Letters
 21
 Not as well known as the gospels
 Some letters were written before the
 Give the earliest picture of the life of the
  first Christian churches
 Stress love, forgiveness, and faithfulness
 Document the ministry of the early disciples
  and the community
Romans, 1&2 Corinthians
 Romans: we are justified – made right with
  God – by faith in Jesus Christ
 1 Corinthians: Paul teaches churches to
  more faithfully follow Christ through the
  problems they may encounter
 2 Corinthians: Paul demonstrates how to
  witness to Jesus – even when we are in the
  middle of conflict
The –ians (well, some of them)
 Galatians: Paul is angry because he
  believes the people are trading in the true
  gospel for a false gospel
 Ephesians: God’s plan to save us for a life
  in union with God and one another
 Philippians: Paul struggles with the famous
  Shakespeare question “to be, or not to be.”
 Colossians: No cults! Let Christ be the one
  and only ruler in your heart
1&2 Thessalonians
 1 Thessalonians: very first Christian
  letter that we still have; Paul answers
  tough questions; probably the oldest
  book in the New Testament
 2 Thessalonians: Paul promises that if
  the people continue to trust in God
  through hard times, everything would
  come out right
The Pastoral Letters
1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus: written to
  give good, practical advice to the
  leaders of the early church
Paul’s last 2
 Philemon: slavery
 Hebrews: sermon to those who
  question Jesus as savior, to
  strengthen our faith and belief in
  Jesus Christ
The Rest of the Epistles
 James: provides guidance for living “the
  perfect law of freedom, which leads to real
 1 Peter: this major concern is answered… Is
  living our faith worth this persecution and
 2 Peter: reassure believers that God does
  indeed care, and that they will be rewarded
  for leading a faithful and virtuous life
1, 2, 3 John
 Each carries the theme of a conflict in the
  Christian community
 1 John: does not take the form of a letter
 2 John: we hear of the antichrist
 3 John: two main purposes
   1. commended Demetrius (walks in truth)
   2. set the agenda for a future meeting about
    Diotrephes (rival church leader)
 Warn churches about false teachers
  who come into the Christian
  community with lies and tricks,
  making trouble wherever they go

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