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A Journey Through the Life and Works of the Apostle Paul

10 Apr 2017

Week 10 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)

Week 10 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)
While Paul is in Ephesus, he writes his first letter to the people of Corinth, 1 Corinthians.  They did not receive his letter well in fact, they wrote a letter (which is now lost) back to Paul saying that he was very harsh.  Paul leaves Ephesus for a quick journey to Corinth to address this letter in person.  He refers this as the "Painful Visit" (2 Corinthians 2:1-2 ESV "For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?")  After this visit Paul then goes back to Ephesus.  After some time, Paul leaves Ephesus after staying there nearly three years and leaves to go northward into Macedonia.  Sometime after arriving in Macedonia, Paul begins writing the second letter to the Corinthians being drawn to compassion for the Corinthians so much, his letter is a beautiful capture of him saying that and letting them know that he loves them and because he loves them he needs to continue teaching and correcting them.

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3 Apr 2017

Week 9 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)

Week 9 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)
This week we finished up with the first epistle to the Corinthians.  Paul addresses the spiritual gifts like Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Gifts of Healing, Prophecy, and Speaking in Tongues.  He encourages the people of Corinth to seek out other spiritual gifts and not to boast about having them.  Paul then continues this epistle by diving into the love chapter.  Paul defines love as suffering long, and is kind and selfless, that love rejoices in truth all while bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things.  While Paul's epistle may seem very direct and forward, he is speaking out to them in love.  He truly loves the Corinthians and is pleading with them to continue following the steps of Jesus.

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27 Mar 2017

Week 8 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)

Week 8 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)
The Apostle Paul is in Ephesus around 56AD.  He receives word that there are issues with the people back in Corinth.  Paul addresses these issues of the Lord's Supper, head covering, and love.  It may not seem that Paul is speaking out of love, but he is.  He writes in his epistle to the Corinthians that love is patient and kind.  Paul patiently corrects their behavior with love and shows them that he cherishes them.  Paul wants to see the church in Corinth flourish and mature and walk in the way of Jesus.



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19 Mar 2017

Week 7 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)

Week 7 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)
The Apostle Paul is in Ephesus around 56AD.  He plants himself there for around three years during his third missionary journey.  There he is in a prime spot to spread the gospel message since Ephesus is a cross point of merchant traders, sellers of goods, and has one of the seven wonders of the world the Temple of Artemus.  Paul writes this first epistle to the Church of God that is in Corinth.  The Corinthians are known for their sexual immorality and Paul address in this epistle.  Paul calls them babies who should be eating solid food now but still require milk.  He is not shy on his words telling them to stop living in their sins.

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13 Mar 2017

Week 6 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)

Week 6 - A Journey Through the life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Part 2)
Paul writes the letter to the Church of God that is in Corinth.  He receives word of the many problems that are surfacing in the church.  Paul identifies that there are divisions in the church with people arguing who they're following, whether it is Paul, Apollos, Peter, or Jesus.  Paul asks them "Is Christ divided?"  The church is very young, just three years old, and Paul is correcting their error in their thinking.  There is only one to follow, which is Jesus Christ, and that then there are those who preach the word.

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