This section includes more of Paul’s letters to various churches in Asia Minor as well as certain individuals who were in ministry with Paul. These books include a blend of both instruction and warning, of praise and rebuke. A central theme of these books is instruction to the church. The church universal relies heavily on the instruction in these books to know how churches are to operate and who is qualified spiritually to lead and guide them.
Galatians #1: Refuting the False Gospel
Refuting the False Gospel
This lesson introduces Paul's letter to Galatians, where Paul aggressively confronts those who have added Jewish observance to Christian faith thus perverting the Gospel of Christ that Paul received from the resurrected Christ Himself.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Absolute Gospel"
Galatians #2: Explaining the True Gospel
Explaining the True Gospel
This lesson explains Paul’s teaching to the Galatians about the true gospel. Paul tells how he rebuked Peter himself in Antioch for his insensitive behavior towards gentile believers designed to quell criticism from other visiting Jewish believers. Christ died so that believers might live, and believers must die to themselves so that Christ might live through them. Abraham is the model of faith for everyone who believes. Eternal life is found only by faith in Jesus Christ. The Law serves only to prepare hearts for the righteousness received only by grace through faith in Jesus.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Gospel in Reverse"
Galatians #3: The Gospel Reaped
The Gospel Reaped
This lesson concludes Paul’s letter to Galatians, where Paul teaches about the transformation that a true gospel brings to redeemed people. The Holy Spirit empowers those sowing the seeds of the Spirit, producing the fruit of the Spirit, and reaps a harvest of eternal life. The Spiritual fruit encourages us to: 1. “look in” our hearts the presence of love, joy, and peace; 2. “look out” the people around us with patience, kindness, and goodness; and 3. “look up” to walk with the Lord in faithfulness, meekness, and self-control.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Gospel Reaped"
Ephesians #1: Spiritual Blessing
This lesson introduces Paul’s circular letter to the Ephesian churches. Even though they surrounded by immorality and corruption, Paul encourages the Ephesians to live in the heavenly dimension and maximize its blessings in their lives. Though they have not yet found the perfect that awaits them in eternity, believers “already” live as members of God’s Kingdom here on earth and have access in Christ, to all the resources needed to live as a spiritual people in the here and now.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Charisma in Christ"
Ephesians #2: Being Christ's Church
Being Christ's Church
This lesson explores Paul's encouragement in Ephesians that believers be Jesus' faithful church, cultivating a heavenly perspective, and full witnesses of Christ's authority & majesty in the world. Paul tells great truths about salvation, prays that the church may better understand spiritual things, and reminds them about God's grace in their lives. He exhorts the church to walk with Christ every day instead of stumbling around in the darkness.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Rags and Robes"
Ephesians #3: The Extraordinary Life of the Church
The Extraordinary Life of the Church
This lesson concludes the study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians by describing the Church’s leadership gifts, the model Kingdom home, and the armor of God. God assigns ministry work to ordinary people by giving extraordinary spiritual gifts. We should walk in Christ and see through a heavenly lens in our homes first by fulfilling the roles God designs for us. Only by putting on the armor of God can we fight and subdue our spiritual enemies.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Robe for Relationships"
Philippians #1: The Fellowship in the Gospel
The Fellowship in the Gospel
This lesson introduces Paul's letter to Philippians and gives its background and the overall message. The Philippian church is a true, rich, caring, loving, and sharing community of active fellowship. It is a missional church that also supports missionaries like Paul. Paul encourages them to live Christ-like and prioritize Kingdom work as more important even than their own lives to draw outsiders to believe in the gospel of Jesus.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Fellowship of the Gospel"
Philippians #2: Patterns for Living in Christ
Patterns for Living in Christ
This lesson explores the main theme in Paul’s letter to Philippians: the pattern for living in Christ is to intentionally strive to be lowly-minded, humble, full of love, considerate, like-minded, and unified. The best example of such living is the life of Jesus Christ. The next best examples of living passionately for Christ, who are an encouragement to all believers, are Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus. Believers should strive to fulfill God’s planned purpose and will in & through their lives.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Patterns for Living in Christ"
Philippians #3: Path to Peace
Path to Peace
This lesson concludes the study of Philippians by expounding the life-changing, unshakeable peace that Jesus brings. Paul gives twelve steps to peace. 1. Don’t worry about life, 2. pray about everything, 3. control thoughts, 4. choose a positive mindset, 5. follow the examples of faith, 6. be always thankful, 7. accept your circumstances without becoming hateful or violent, 8. patiently wait on the Lord, 9. remember the Lord’s constant presence, 10. find joy from Christ, 11. value God’s approval more than any others, 12. be content in all situations.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Prescription for Peace"
Colossians: Christ First
This lesson explains Paul’s confrontation with Gnosticism in the Colossian church by teaching fundamental truths about Christ and challenging them to experience life truly. Paul urges us to walk with and be rooted & enjoy life in the true Christ as a redeemed creation, putting off the old sinful life and living the exemplary Christian life in all our relationships. Prayer is key for spiritual well- being & transformation in ourselves and the mission field.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Christ First"
1 Thessalonians: The Blessed Hope
The Blessed Hope
This lesson examines Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian, which explores Christ’s return and the themes of faith, love, & hope. Jesus’ second coming motivates our hope and sustains our faith & love amid ongoing suffering. While we wait for His return, we must not stop working but earn our own living. Moreover, when Christ returns, both the living and the dead believers will join Him in His kingdom forever.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Blessed Hope"
2 Thessalonians: Events of the Second Coming
Events of the Second Coming
This lesson examines Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonian church as he seeks to clear up their confusion about Jesus’ second coming. Before Christ’s return, the apostasy will come, and then the restrainer will be removed, followed by revealing the man of lawlessness. These events lead to the Day of the Lord, including a final judgment and the establishment of a New Heaven and a New Earth. Paul concludes the letter with instructions to obey certain commands as we wait for the Lord’s arrival.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Chronology of His Coming"
Pastoral Epistles: An Introduction
This lesson introduces Paul’s pastoral letters to his beloved sons & missionary companions Timothy & Titus. Timothy is timid, young, caring, and compassionate, while Titus is old, mature, and stable. Paul entrusts Titus with difficult assignments to the Corinthians church and Crete. Timothy co-authors Paul’s several letters. Paul encourages Timothy to overcome his timidity and take on the challenge against false teachers. Noteworthy in these letters are Paul’s “faithful/true sayings” and the priority on prayer.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Blueprints for Church Order"
1 Timothy: Godly Oversight
This lesson discusses Paul’s first letter to Timothy, in which Paul teaches Timothy about church management and leadership. Paul explains an ideal minister’s mindset, the priority of prayer, and Christ’s truth. He gives the qualifications of elders and deacons. He instructs Timothy how to be a good minister of the gospel and take care of different church groups- older people, younger people, and widows of all ages. He also reviews how to treat the overseers.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "Godly Oversight and Godly Overseers"
1 Timothy & Titus: The Church of Three Epiphanies
The Church of Three Epiphanies
This lesson concludes Paul's first letter to Timothy and introduces the letter to Titus. Paul instructs Timothy to be cautious in choosing church leaders and beware of materialism. He leaves Titus - an older, more mature, no-nonsense pastor - to deal with the troublemakers in the Cretan church. The main theme in Titus is "good works." The important appearances/epiphanies of Christ are: first, a sacrifice for sin, the Second Coming in glory to judge the world, and the third is the church, the image of Christ.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Church of the Three Epiphanies"
Philemon: From Slave to Brother
From Slave to Brother
This lesson explores Paul’s letter to Philemon, in which Paul tries to settle the dispute between a wealthy master Philemon and his wayward slave Onesimus. Using wise tactics, Paul appeals to Philemon by acknowledging Onesimus’ wrongdoings & emphasizing his humility and genuine desire for repentance. Paul encourages Philemon to forgive as Christ forgives and to accept Onesimus back as more than a slave, as a brother in the Lord. Onesimus’ transformation is the gospel’s message, and Paul’s mediation is the image of Christ’s substitutionary atonement.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Relationships of a Runaway"
2 Timothy #1: God's Faithful Minister
God's Faithful Minister
This lesson reveals Paul’s heart as he writes a second letter to Timothy, his last communication to his beloved son in Christ from his final Roman imprisonment shortly before his death. Paul encourages Timothy to stir God’s gift already given to him. Paul wants Timothy to be faithful like him in preaching boldly, enduring suffering, and fearlessly facing threats & pain like a soldier, athlete, or farmer. Paul advises Timothy to spend time in scripture instead of vain arguments and be a pure instrument of God.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "The Last Words of an Old Soldier"
2 Timothy #2: Finishing Well
This lesson records Paul’s final words to Timothy in his second letter to him. Paul instructs Timothy to be a godly leader led by the Holy Spirit & Scriptures following his example and to train others similarly. Timothy knowing Paul closely & Paul mentoring him practically is the discipleship model required today. Paul charges Timothy to be accountable with his knowledge in the context of Christ’s return and ‘the judgment seat.’ Paul completes his God-given ministry very well, and he wants Timothy to do the same.
To learn more, check out the below corresponding Audio Lesson: "What Are You Going to Do About What You Know?"