Session 11. Paul on the Church & Moral Guidance in St. Paul. Online Readings:. Schnackenburg: Paul on the Church Paul’s Moral Teaching J.D. Dunn: Pauline Ethics (from: The Theology of Paul the Apostle). 1 Paul's originality
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Paul on the Church
Moral Guidance in St. Paul
Paul on the Church
Paul’s Moral Teaching
Pauline Ethics (from: The Theology of
Paul the Apostle)
Schnackenburg Part III. The Moral Teaching of the Early Church : Paul
1. Indicative and imperative
2. Once more, the law
3. Faith and "the law of faith"
4. Spirit and "the law of the Spirit"
5. Christ and "the law of Christ"
6. Liberty and love
7. Traditional wisdom
1 The social context
2 Living within a hostile world - Rom. 12.9-13.14
3 Living with disagreements - Rom. 14.1-15.6
4 Between two worlds: sexual conduct (1 Cor 5-6)
5 Between two worlds: marriage and divorce
6 Between two worlds: slavery (1 Cor. 7.20-23)
7 Between two worlds: social relations (1 Cor 8-10)
8 The collection
Indicative and imperative
Paul’s sharp antithesis between gospel and law can be misleading
Challenged his kinsfolk's assumption that the law's protection gave them before God a distinctive and favoured position over the other nations
Law helps to “define” sin – but something more is needed to set sin aside.
Pauline paraenesis often echo traditional formulations: lists of common vices and virtues.
Gal 5:22 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Paul’s awareness of a high degree of shared ethos and moral sense among people of good will allows him to talk of final judgment very simply, in terms of
A sense of being surrounded and threatened by the night and "the works of darkness" (Rm 13.11-13)
But they also had to fit into the real world: his stress on civil obedience and paying taxes was presumably no accident. (13.1-7 )
In the second half of his paraenesis in Romans (14:1 – 15:6) he turns from relationships with the world to relationships within the congregation.
The fact that he makes this section the climax of his exhortation and gives such space to it indicates its importance