204 – The Church and Paul’s Letters

Course Start Date

November 16, 2020


Jerry and Allison Harris

Course Description

This course presents a panoramic view of the chief events, main themes, traditions, outstanding teachings, and historical and geographical cultural contexts of Paul's letters written to the church. The student will grasp how each book as a unit builds the church and its activities so that the student can implement these principles into their own life and ministry.

Course Objectives/Competencies

1. Become familiar with the provided timeline of the apostle Paul's life and ministry and its relationship to the New Testament letters.

2. Read each letter comprehensively in the chronology of this timeline.

3. Read the IVP Introduction on Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians and write a paragraph on Ephesians(What relates to me), Philippians (What do I need in this book), and Colossians (Greatest Truths). (Ministry)

4. Read the IVP Introduction on I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, and Galatians and write a paragraph on why these are important to the church. (Biblical)

5. Read the IVP Introduction on I Timothy, Titus, and II Timothy and write a paragraph on I Timothy (Pastors . . .What makes one?), Titus (Elders . . .What makesone?), and II Timothy (Why important to me?). (Individual)


Keener, Craig S. (2000). The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. InterVarsity Press.

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