Paul’s Letters

Part 1: Opening Prayer

Let us pray.
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are on the internet, with the bishops and deacons:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

From the Epistle to the Philippians. Edited by Pastor Jerry.

Part 2: Story

A Relative Chronology of Paul’s Life and Ministry


Where is the first place we see Paul in the Bible?
1 Corinthians
1 Thessalonians

Actually the first place we see Paul is here.
Read the whole story here
And read here how Paul became Paul

Part 3: Message

  • Between the Book of Acts (in which Paul appears in 19 of 28 chapters) and the letters ascribed to Paul (13 in all), after Jesus the Apostle Paul appears more in the New Testament than any other person
  • Jesus aside, Paul is clearly the most significant first century Christian
  • And probably the most significant Christian theologian ever
  • So one must deal with Paul one way or another
  • There are 13 letters ascribed to Paul in the New Testament Canon
  • They are arranged in terms of length and recipient but not in terms of composition date–Romans the longest; Philemon the shortest
    –Those sent to congregations come before those supposedly sent to individuals
    –Colossians comes before 1 Timothy
  • At times in antiquity Hebrews had been included in the Pauline letters
    –No serious consideration of the Pauline authorship of Hebrews in current scholarship
  • The Pauline letters comprise some of the oldest extant parts of the New Testament
  • Paul has more material in the New Testament canon than any other 1st century author/theologian
  • Of the 13 letters ascribed to Paul, there is serious dispute regarding Pauline authorship of 6 letters
    • These disputes have gone on for at least two centuries
Undisputed Epistles Disputed Epistles
Romans Ephesians
1 Corinthians Colossians
2 Corinthians 2 Thessalonians
Galatians 1 Timothy
Philippians 2 Timothy
1 Thessalonians Titus

All of Paul’s Letters followed this form.

Here is a table with New Testament Books in order they were written according to scholars. The information is taken from earlychristianwritings

50-60 1 Thessalonians 80-110 1 Peter
50-60 Philippians 80-130 Gospel of Luke
50-60 Galatians 80-130 Acts of the Apostles
50-60 1 Corinthians 90-95 Revelation
50-60 2 Corinthians 90-120 Gospel of John
50-60 Romans 90-120 1 John
50-60 Philemon 90-120 2 John
50-80 Colossians 90-120 3 John
50-95 Book of Hebrews 90-120 Epistle of Jude
65-80 Gospel of Mark 100-150 1 Timothy
70-100 Epistle of James 100-150 2 Timothy
80-100 2 Thessalonians 100-150 Titus
80-100 Ephesians 100-160 2 Peter
80-100 Gospel of Matthew

barnabas-and-saul-in-antiochThe light blue line shows the travels of Barnabas.

The dark blue line shows the travels of Barnabas and Saul.

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sauls-conversionThe light blue line shows the boat to Tarsus.

The dark blue line shows the travels Saul.

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The dark blue line shows the path of Paul’s Journey.

The black line shows the departure of Mark.

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The dark blue line shows the path of Barnabas and Mark.

The white line shows the path of Paul and Silas.

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pauls-third-journeyThe dark blue line shows the path of Paul.

The white line shows the path of Timothy and Erastus.

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Part 4: Learn and Engage

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Part 5: Closing Prayer

Let us pray.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

From the Epistle to the Philippians.

Discussion questions for posting:

What do you think about a person who was putting Christians in prison and having them put to death became one of the biggest proponents of the Gospel?

What are your thoughts on 1 Thessalonians being the oldest written part of the New Testament.