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Handout 7 - Introduction to Paul's Letters

Handout 7 - Introduction to Paul's Letters

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Lecture 7
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Introduction to Paul
s Lettershttp://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3176820
 A Reminder
Remember, we have your assignments due at the end of Week 9 (Fri Sept 30). If youare picking the first option:The focus in the Gospels assignment is that you would imaginatively engagewith the story by retelling it from a different perspective. Through yourretelling, you need to show you have done some research to inform yourimagination.Some people, it
s all imagination and no research.Others, it is all research and no imaginationAnd for a precious few, it is no research and no imagination.If you are picking the second option
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today will help explain what I am looking for.
Moving into the Letters
 
The first four books of the New Testament are four separate accounts of Jesus:
o
 
His life, his ministry (deeds and teaching), his death, and hisresurrection.
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
GospelsStories of the Life of Jesus
Acts
ActsStories of how the newsabout Jesus spreadaround the world
Paul (Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon).
Peter (1 Peter, 2 Peter)
John (1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation)
James, Jude, Hebrews
Letters (or Epistles)Written by apostles toyoung churches
 
Lecture 7
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Introduction to Paul
s Lettershttp://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3176820
 
This story of Jesus is seen by Christians as good news (the word gospel simplymeans good news).
o
 
They see in the events of Jesus life the hope for forgiveness of our sins,and resurrection to eternal life.
o
 
The news about Jesus needs to heard and believed.
 
The fifth book of the New Testament (Acts) tells how the news about Jesusfirst went out into the world, and new churches were established.
o
 
A church is simply a gathering of people who believe the story of Jesusand have committed their lives to live under his rule.
 
The remainder of the New Testament is predominantly letters, written byauthorised Christian leaders to these young churches.
 
When you read the Gospels, it becomes clear that Jesus specifically selected agroup of special leaders to be the ones who would acts as his authoritativewitnesses and leaders. We call these people
“apostles”
.
o
 
Some of the apostles focus on writing our Gospels
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the four accountsof Jesus
life.
o
 
Other apostles focus on writing letters to the young churches, guidingthem in what they should believe, and how they should behave asfollowers of Jesus.
 
Even though these letters were written to specific situations, and specificchurches, it was quickly recognised they had universal value
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that theteaching contained within was ultimately relevant to everyone.
The Gospels tell the Story Acts shows us how the Story spread The Letters shows us how to live the Story.
 The main letter writer is an apostle named Paul.
 
He becomes an apostle in the book of Acts (Acts 9:1-9) when he meets theresurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus.
 
He is then authorised by Jesus to be the leader who watches over the Gentile(non- Jewish) churches.
 
Over the years, as recorded by the book of Acts, Paul goes on many differentmissionary journeys to both spread the word and to encourage youngchurches.
 
Lecture 7
 – 
Introduction to Paul
s Lettershttp://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3176820
The letters that Paul writes are written at different times in his life, from differentplaces.
It’s like reading someone
 
else’s mail.
 God speaks to
us
through what Paul wrote to
them
.The letters are often a favourite source of quotes for both Christians and non-Christians.
 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Phil 4:13)
 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisygong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand allmysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but donot have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over mybody so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in

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