Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 19 – Pauline Epistles

Paul’s Church and Pastoral Epistles are presented with Dr. Missler’s typical fast-paced delivery.  We begin with an overview of Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church and take away the trivia that first and second Corinthians are technically second and fourth Corinthians, respectively.  There are many life applications contained in these two letters regarding the foolishness of God, stewardship and many other subjects.

The brief study of Galatians speaks of spiritual liberty and applies the fruit of the Spirit to a trio of conditions:  my heart, my neighbor and my God.  The slides say “fruits” of the Spirit, but Scripture is clear that it is fruit – singular.

A quick tour through the prison epistles showcases Paul’s profound letter to the Ephesians regarding special relationships, revealing mysteries and spiritual warfare, including a brief look at the armor of God.  Philippians provides resources for suffering.  Colossians is loaded with doctrine and personal application.

The pastoral epistles were sent from Paul to Timothy, who pastored the church at Ephesus.  Paul instructs and encourages his young protégé through both letters about how to lead a flock.  The first letter was a charge, the second, a challenge.  Leaders will benefit greatly from studying these two epistles.

The teaching on Titus and Philemon is brief but rich in history and beautiful life lessons.

Homework for next time:  Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude

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