Community Bible Experience Week 3: 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans
We’re already into Week 3 of our New Testament reading! How is it going? What did you think of the book of Acts? I found it fascinating to read the whole story of how the church began its mission to the Jews and Gentiles. That Paul — he was committed!
This week we’ll be diving into 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians and part of the book of Romans. Here are a few tips and tricks!
* Biblica lays out Paul’s books a little differently than we’re used to. In our regular Bibles, all of Paul’s letters are laid out according to length. Romans is the longest, so we start with that one. Philemon is the shortest, so we end with that one. But in The Books of the Bible, Biblica has put Paul’s books in their chronological order. So last week, we started with 1 and 2 Thessalonians, because they are likely Paul’s earliest books. As we read, we will follow the progression of Paul’s life and his letters to the churches. See if you notice any changes in him or the way he talks as you read!
* 1 and 2 Corinthians are written to help correct and encourage the Corinthian church. Corinth was a wealthy city and its people worshipped many gods. Paul wanted to help this church stay on track.
* Galatians again helps correct some wrong thinking in the church. As non-Jewish people became followers of Jesus, there were questions about which parts of the law they had to follow. The council in Jerusalem decided that Gentiles (non-Jews) needed to abstain from sexual immorality, abstain from blood, avoid food sacrificed to idols, and the meat of strangled animals. They also did not need to worry about being circumcised. Some people were trying to force the Gentiles Christians to follow the law, but Paul writes to remind them that salvation comes through faith!
* We’ll also get started in Romans this week, one of Paul’s most famous books. Romans has a different feel than most of Paul’s letters. However, it still follows the pattern of teaching and application.
* Remember to meet with your group this week or find someone to chat with about what you’re learning. We’d love to hear from you as well — what you’re learning, what you think of the format, how God is shaping you. Please email us at MyStory@CrossRoadsChurch.Ca!
* Most importantly, keep reading! If you’re behind, no worries! Just keep going and let the Holy Spirit teach you and guide you as you enjoy His Word!