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Overview of Corinthians & Thessalonians. Essential Doctrines of the Primitive New Testament Church. Background of Corinthians. What: Explanation & Instruction (2 letters) Doctrinal Category: Ecclesiology When: AD 55 & 56 Who: New converts from extreme paganism

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Overview of Corinthians & Thessalonians

Essential Doctrines of the Primitive New Testament Church


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Background of Corinthians

  • What: Explanation & Instruction (2 letters)

    Doctrinal Category: Ecclesiology

  • When: AD 55 & 56

  • Who: New converts from extreme paganism

  • Where: Corinth, a double seaport in S. Greece, in Roman province of Achaia

  • Why: Division, Idolatry & Immorality


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Background of Thessalonians

  • What: Explanation of Gospel & Instruction

    Doctrinal Category: Eschatology

  • When: AD 50 or 51

  • Who: New converts from paganism

  • Where: Macedonian seaport on Aegean

  • Why: Encouragement during Persecution

    & understanding of the 2nd Coming


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Paul’s Journeys

  • First Journey: Cyprus & Galatia AD 48-49

  • Second Journey: Macedonia & Achaia

    AD 50-51

  • Third Journey: Asia & Macedonia

    AD: 55-56

    • Journey to Rome: AD 57-59

      First Roman Imprisonment: AD 59-61

      Second Roman Imprisonment: AD 61-67


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I & 2 Thessalonians

  • Written on 2nd Journey: From Corinth, 50-51

  • Typical Pauline Style:

    1. Thanksgiving trilogy in 1 Thes. 1:3

    (Reminiscent of I Cor 13:13 and developed again in vs 9 & 10)

    2. Frequent Benedictions2 Thes. 2:16-17

    3.Powerful Doctrine:

    Will of God 1 Thes. 4:1-8

    2nd Coming 4:13-18


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I Corinthians

  • Written from Ephesus by Paul ca AD 55

  • Dealing with Divisions, Immorality, Conflict

  • Powerful Doctrine:

    Spiritual Gifts 1 Co. 12-14

    Resurrection 1 Co. 15

    Christian Giving 1 Co. 16


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2 Corinthians

  • Written from Macedonia by Paul ca AD 56

  • Contains personal insights into his ministry

    Defense of Ministry, 2 Co 1-7

    Vindication of his Character, 2 Co 10-13

  • Powerful Doctrine

    Giving, 2 Co 8-9

    God’s Grace in Time of Suffering


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Reflection Questions

  • What may you expect to learn from 1 & 2 Thessalonians that can be applied to issues in your church?

  • What may you expect to learn from 1 Corinthians that can be applied to issues in your church?

  • What may you expect to learn from 2 Corinthians that can be applied to issues in your church?


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