Themes Pauline Epistles
Romans • Justification (God’s mercy) • makes us pleasing to God • gives us eternal salvation • is applied (available) through faith in Jesus Christ. • is good for all nations
1 Corinthians • The Church • is one body. • Order and Unity in the Church is necessary
2 Corinthians • Paul defends the ministry of the apostles, and his own apostleship.
Galatians • Faith in Jesus Christ • is necessary for salvation • comes through Baptism • is lived through good works.
Ephesians • We are all united • to Jesus, who is “all in all.” • in the Church, which is His body—and we are His members. • Being united in Christ is available for all
Philippians • Christians must persevere in the faith by • imitating the humility and obedience of Jesus. • avoiding those who distort the Gospel.
Colossians • Remain faithful • to the traditional faith • by avoiding false teachings
1 Thessalonians • Watch for the coming of the Lord. • By living a moral life • By fulfilling your daily duties • By living every day as if Jesus will come again soon
2 Thessalonians • The parousia (coming of Jesus) has not yet happened • We now live in the last days
1 Timothy • Bishops care for the church by • Teaching sound doctrine • Guarding the faith • Governing the church with wisdom • Giving a good example by how they live
2 Timothy • Bishopsshould • Be faithful • Oppose false teaching • Live as a good role model • Urge people to live the gospel
Titus • Bishops are to • Teach what the apostles taught • Appoint priests and deacons • Oppose those who preach simply to get rich
Philemon • Treat Onesimus as a brother in Christ • We are all slaves • We are all free • Therefore, we are all equal in Christ