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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?

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The pauline epistles

The Pauline Epistles

A Survey of Paul’s Life and Ministry through his own writings


Course overview
Course Overview

  • Why Study Paul?

  • What makes him such an interesting hero of the faith to you?


Course overview1
Course Overview

  • Why Study Paul?

    • Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful


Course overview2
Course Overview

  • Why Study Paul?

    • Simultaneously Humbling and Hopeful

    • Clear example of a life of sacrifice and total dedication


Course overview3
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 overview4
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 overview5
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 overview6
Course Overview

  • Epistles we will try to cover

    • 1st/2nd Thessalonians

      • Earliest Epistles

      • Written from Corinth during the 2nd missionary journey

      • Dealing with disruptions in the congregation

      • Coping with persecution

      • Understanding the Day of the Lord


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Course Overview

  • Epistles we will try to cover

    • Galatians

      • Near the end of his 3rd missionary journey

      • Dealing with church issues

    • Colossians

      • The fight against seeking out “hidden” truth

      • Waging war against the “New Age” movements of the time


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Course Overview

  • Epistles we will try to cover

    • Philemon

      • The equality of God’s love for all

      • The Greatest Commandment lived out practically

    • 2nd Timothy

      • Final Epistle

      • Closing thoughts on his life and ministry


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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
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
Timeline of Paul’s Life

  • Paul at Damascus 37-40 AD

  • First Journey 45-47 AD

  • Second Journey 51-53 AD

  • Third Journey 54-58 AD

  • Imprisonment in Judea 58-60 AD

  • Voyage to Rome 60-61 AD

  • Imprisonment in Rome 61-63 AD

  • Post-Imprisonment Journeys 63-67 AD


Chronology of paul s writings
Chronology of Paul’s Writings

  • First Thessalonians &Second Thessalonians 52 AD

  • Galatians 55-57 AD

  • First Corinthians & Second Corinthians 57 AD

  • Romans 57-58 AD

  • Ephesians, Philippians, & Colossians 62 AD

  • Philemon 63 AD

  • Hebrews, Titus, & First Timothy 64-65 AD

  • Second Timothy 66-67 AD


Establishing chronology
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
Putting off the Old Man

  • Who was Saul?

  • What was He like?


A radical intervention
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 & 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
Next Week

  • Session 2

    • 1 Thessalonians

      • Chapter 1 and 2

      • Paul’s Thankfulness

      • Paul’s Conduct

      • Paul’s Expectations


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