Survey of the Pauline Epistles: The Pauline Epistles teach much of the doctrine the Christian faith is built upon, the relationship between law and grace, how the church should function as a body of baptized believers, the difficult theological issues of election, predestination, and foreknowledge and they explain the doctrines of sanctification, justification, redemption, and reconciliation, in relations to salvation. This study will focus on the following four Pauline epistles Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.
- 308 - The Book of Galatians: Galatians has been call the “Magna Carta of Christian Liberty,” that frees the believer from all legalism and bondage. In this epistle, Paul refutes the perversion of the gospel being taught to new Gentile converts in the Churches of Galatia and challenges the new converts to embrace the Gospel message of Christ that justifies all people through faith and empowers them to live the Christian life. Participants will study the doctrines of the Christian Liberty that all believers have been delivered from the bondage and condemnation of the law by faith alone.
- 309 - The Book of Ephesians: Ephesians explains how the Church comes to full spiritual maturity in Christ. The epistle was written to confirm and to equip a maturing church. In this epistle, Paul presents a balanced view of the body of Christ, its importance in God’s economy, examines the impact of the gospel and how the Gospel transforms our lives and our culture. This study will help fortify and establish believers so they can fulfill God’ purpose and calling for their lives.
- 310 - The Book of Philippians: Philippians is one of the Prison Epistle written, while Paul was in prison, to express his appreciation and love to the Church at Philippi for their continued help and support and to encourage the church concerning the practical matter of spiritual growth. In this epistle, Paul touches on the joy of life in Christ, righteousness through faith, and unity for the sake of the gospel and he provides a warning about legalism. Additionally, he shows, by his imprisonment that lasting contentment is found only in a committed relationship with Jesus Christ. Participants will learn how to live a joyous Christian life in spite of hardships and setbacks.
- 311 - The Book of Colossians: Colossians was written to resist the persuasive arguments and heresies from false teachings, declare the supremacy of Christ, the completeness of salvation, and to encourage the Church to live godly lives. In this epistle, Paul shows the Colossians who they are in Christ, instructs them on how to walk in Christ, and assures them that no other system or religion is needed, because the believer is complete in Christ alone. Participants will discover that being clothed in the truth they are equipped to put Christ first in every area of life.
Pastor C.A. Lundy