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Some of Pauls Letters
1 Corinthians Overview
Written to the church at Corinth by the Apostle Paul. He deals with a series of problems and false teachings that were present in the newly formed church. Most members were from an immoral pagan background and were encouraged to change their way of life. There were also problems with those who tried to "blend" the teachings of Christ with the Law of Moses.
Many of the problems and questions the Corinthian church was dealing with are still present in the church today. Churches today still struggle with divisions, with immorality, and with spiritual gifts. The Book of 1 Corinthians very well could have been written to the church today. Despite all the rebukes and corrections, 1 Corinthians brings our focus back to where it should be. Genuine Christian love is the answer to many problems (1 Corinthians chapter 13). A proper understanding of the resurrection of Christ, and thereby a proper understand of our own resurrection - is the cure for what divides and defeats us (1 Corinthians chapter 15).

What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:20-21

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, to whom do we belong?  What does that mean personally to me?
1 Corinthians Outline
A. Introduction-Chapter 1:1 thru 1:9
B. Reproof: Concerning Divisions-Chapter 1:10 thru 4
C. Correction: Concerning Inconsistencies-Chapter 5 thru 6
D. Instruction: Answers to Problems-Chapter 7 thru 15
Chapter Reference
7:1 thru 7:16
Concerning the marriage state
7:17 thru 7:24 
Regarding circumcision and slavery
7:25 thru 7:40 
Regarding virgins and marriage
8 thru 11:1
Regarding meat offered to idols
11:2 thru 11:16
Regarding sisters in the ecclesia
11:17 thru 11:34
Regarding the Lord's Supper
12 thru 14
Regarding Spirit gifts
Regarding the resurrection
E. General Matters-Chapter 16
2 Corinthians Overview

Paul also penned this second letter to the church at Corinth. It was written after he made a "painful" and unsuccessful visit to the young church in an attempt to give instruction and guidance on several divisive issues. Upon learning that a majority of members had repented, he wrote the letter of 2nd Corinthians. It gives encouragement, yet teaches of the suffering that each member must face for the Lord Jesus' sake. He concludes by surmising that when he is weakest, then God is able to work through him most powerfully. This letter was, in all likelihood, written about six months after the first letter to the Corinthians.


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

How are we "new creatures" when we accept the Lord?
2 Corinthians Outline
A. Introduction-Chapter 1:1 thru 1:11
B. Explanation: Paul the Minister
Chapter Reference
1:12 thru 2:11 
Concerning his motives
2:12 thru 5  
Concerning the ministry
C. Exhortation: Paul the Father
Chapter Reference
6 thru 7  
Concerning spiritual matters
8 thru 9
Concerning material matters
D. Vindication: Paul the Apostle
Chapter Reference
10 thru 11:15
The critics and their pretensions
11:16 thru 12:18 
   The apostle and his credentials
E. Conclusion-Chapter 12:19 thru 13
Galatians Overview
The letter to the churches in Galatia focuses on the divisions that Jewish Christians were causing among new Gentile converts. These Judaisers were trying to convince the Gentiles that first, Paul's authority was given by men and not by God, and secondly, that they needed to be circumcised and to keep the ritual law in order to be saved. Paul argues that both Jew and Gentile alike enjoy in Christ complete salvation. Through Christ they can be justified, that is, reckoned right with God, by association with the Promises made to Abraham. Reliance on the Law would only lead to death, and could not produce life-giving freedom, as only Christ could grant that freedom. Paul was showing that all legalistic variations of the Gospel are perversions of it and should be shown as such.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  Galatians 2:16

What makes our standing with God secure?
Should works be absent from our lives after salvation?
Galatians Outline
A. Introduction and Salutation-Chapter 1:1 thru 1:5
B. Purpose of the Letter-Chapter 1:6 thru 1:9
C. Personal Details, Authenticity of Paul's Gospel-chapter 1:10 thru 2
D. Declaration of the Gospel
Chapter Reference
3:1 thru 3:9 
Justification by faith
3:10 thru 4:7 
Faith's relation to the law
4:8 thru 4:31  
Relationship of faith to the law illustrated
E. The Demands of the Gospel
Chapter Reference
5:1 thru 5:12 
The call to liberty
5:13 thru 5:26
Liberty in reality
6:1 thru 6:10 
Freedom in Christ must be mutually enjoyed
F. Conclusion-Chapter 6:11 thru 18
Ephesians Overview
The letter is divided into two sections. The first section outlines the blessings and spiritual riches in Christ; the second section describes the walk in imitation of Christ. The letter illustrates the abundance of spiritual riches that Christ himself received, namely grace, glory, mercy, immortality, and was written to foster the development of Christ-like behavior. By doing so, the believer would learn to walk worthy of his vocation; not as Gentiles, which know not God, but as children of light who show forth love and walk correctly in all aspects of life and action until the return of the Lord Jesus. It is thought that this letter was one of several letters which were circulated to the different churches in Asia and that it was written during Paul's first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28 v 30).

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:8-10

As a disciple of Jesus, what works do I do?
A. Our Wealth in Jesus
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:2  
1:3 thru 1:23 
The origin of the church
The construction of the church
The function of the church
B. Our Walk in Jesus
Chapter Reference
4:1 thru 4:16 
Responsibilities in the church
4:17 thru 6:9
Individual conduct
6:10 thru 6:24 
Faith's warfare
Philippians Overview
The tone of this letter is more personal in nature than any other letter. Paul outlines his own beliefs and states that all believers must not be self-centered in their lives, but must look to Christ for an example of self-sacrifice and unity in purpose. He further contrasts enemies of the cross with those who are friends of the Lord Jesus and the cross. It is thought that Paul wrote this epistle while he was in prison.
Jesus not only is our motivator, but He is our strength and our energizer. Not only does he move us to want the right things, but he makes it possible for us to do them. He provides the energy that fulfills the desire. It is mental torture to a give a person great desire but then not to give him the ability to fulfill it. That is a certain recipe for frustration. Jesus gives complete fulfillment. He supplies our strength as well as our desire.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

What kind of things can I do through the strength of Jesus?
Is being a disciple of Jesus something Jesus can "energize"?
A. Jesus is Our Life-Chapter 1
B. Jesus is Our Mind-Chapter 2
C. Jesus is Our Goal-Chapter 3
D. Jesus is Our Strength-Chapter 4
Colossians Overview
The letter to the Colossians was written in response to the heresies that were brought to Paul's attention. The major errors that had crept into the church such as the exaltation of angels or other "elemental spirits", the belief that self-denial and religious rituals produce spirituality, and the claiming of a special knowledge beyond that found in the Gospel of Christ.
Paul states that these are ideas based on human tradition and are therefore worthless. He teaches love, humility, submission to authority, and finally prayer to establish a believer in the wisdom of God.
The basic application for us today is the total and complete sufficiency of Christ for our lives, our sanctification and our salvation. We must know and understand the Gospel so as not to be lead astray by subtle forms of legalism and heresy. We must be on guard for any deviation that would diminish Jesus as Lord and Savior. Any "religion" that tries to equate themselves using books that supposedly stand on equal authority of the Bible, or combine human efforts in reaching for God's favor or freedom from sin must be avoided. Other religions cannot be combined, mixed in or added to Christianity. Jesus gives us absolute standards of moral conduct. Christianity is, a relationship not a religion. Good deeds, astrology, occultism and horoscopes do not show us God's ways, but Jesus does. His will is revealed in His word, His love letter to you and I, we must get to know it!

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  Colossians 2:8

Who and what do we follow, as a disciple of Jesus?  How important are established traditions and ideas that others may have?
Colossians Outline
A. Introduction-chapter 1:1 thru 1:15
B. That You May Be Filled-Chapter 1:16 thru 2
C. Seek Those Things Which Are Above-Chapter 3 thru 4:6
D. That He May Know Your Circumstances-Chapter 4:7 thru 4:18

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