This week we will finish up Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, read through II Corinthians as well as Galatians and begin Ephesians.
II Corinthians - In between I and II Corinthians, Paul visited Corinth another time (a painful visit) and wrote at least one other letter that is now lost. It would seem that the situation in Corinth was still complicated and Paul felt attacked. He defends himself with some of his important teachings - forgiving others, God's new agreement that comes from the Spirit of the living God, the importance of being a person of Christ and giving generously to God's people in Jerusalem and finally ends with his own experience of how God changed his life.
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.
Here is the schedule:
30 - I Corinthians 11-14
01 - I Corinthians 15-16; II Corinthians 1-2
02 - II Corinthians 3-6
03 - II Corinthians 7-10
04 - II Corinthians 11-13; Galatians 1
05 - Galatians 2-5
06 - Galatians 6; Ephesians 1-3
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.