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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?