week we finish the final chapters of II Corinthians, read all the way
through Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and start into I
Galatians - The book of Galatians is thought to be Paul's earliest letter,
corresponding with the events of Acts 11:30. Here he addresses a group
of churches in a Roman province known as Galatia, now in modern-day
Turkey. This letter mainly addresses the question of whether the Mosaic
law is binding on Gentiles.
Ephesians - Here Paul is
writing to the church in Ephesus (now Selcuk, Turkey) while he is
imprisoned in Rome (about 62AD) to address the unity of the church
between its many Jewish and Gentile believers. Ephesus was the second
largest city in the Roman empire in Paul's day and home to one of the
seven ancient wonders of the world (temple of Artemis). Paul started
the church in Ephesus as recorded in Acts 18 and eventually he would
send his young protege Timothy to serve as their pastor.One of my
favorite passages is Paul's admonition in Ephesians 6 to put on the
full armor of God.
Philippians - Philippians has
a different tone than many of Paul's letters - it is written about
62AD to the church in Philippi (now Filippoi, Greece) which was one
of the first church's that Paul ever started. From the tone of his
letter, Philippi is often called Paul's "sweetheart"
church. One of the more popular verses in Scripture is found here: I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me" (Phil 4:13).
I Thessalonians - This book and its counterpart II Thessalonians are directed at the
church of Thessalonica (which still exists today in Greece) and are
written probably only months apart around 52AD. Paul only stayed with
this church for a few weeks after beginning it and seems to be
writing the first letter to encourage them in their faith and remind
them of some important doctrines of the faith.
Here is the schedule:
09, Sunday: II Corinthians 8-11
10, Monday: II Corinthians 12 - Galatians 2
11, Tuesday: Galatians 3-6
12, Wednesday: Ephesians 1-4
13, Thursday: Ephesians 5 - Philippians 2
14, Friday: Philippians 3 - Colossians 2
15, Saturday: Colossians 3 - I Thessalonians 2
May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.