Paul’s Journeys and the Epistles

This session was taught at the Christ Church Manchester School of Theology on Saturday 27th April 2019. The CCM School of Theology was set up to serve local churches in Manchester and beyond.

Topic: Paul’s Journeys and the Epistles

In this session, we look at the second part of Acts – Paul’s journeys and the Letters he wrote – the Epistles.

Speaker: Justin Mote

Justin is the former head of the Northwest Partnership Ministry Training Course. 



Paul’s Journeys and the Epistles


The death is not the end! Mark 15:38-16:8

The gap is expected and explained
Matthew 13:24-43,
2 Peter 3:8-9

1). Acts

Acts fits in between the two comings of Jesus. 1:11.

Acts is the second work of Luke to Theophilus, 1:1
Gospel: Nazareth to Jerusalem
Acts: Jerusalem to Rome

Acts is about the gospel spreading to the ends of the earth.
So Acts 1:8 is the pattern geographically
1:1-8:1 the gospel in Jerusalem
8:1-9:31 the gospel in Judea and Samaria
9:32-28:31 the gospel going to Rome (Romans 15:30 then to Spain)

So we read of eight sections, each concluding with ‘gospel’ growth
5:42, 6:7, 31, :24, :35, 6:5, 19:20, 28:30-31

And we read of the gospel moving out theologically from it’s Jewishness
Acts 10: is the gospel only for Jews? No!
Acts 15: is the gospel only for Gentiles if they’ll become Jews? No
Acts 16: the gospel is for anybody!

Acts continues to see fulfilment of the OT promises
So we read of the Spirit’s coming, chapter 2
So we see the nations ‘blessed’

2). Epistles: until he comes

a). THE PAST: The epistles show Christ in all the Scriptures

the gospel is in accord with the OT, not a contradiction
e.g. Romans 3:9-21, 4:1-25,

the gospel is the reality of which the OT was only shadows
e.g. 1 Cor 5:7, Col 3:16-7,

the gospel is the end of where the OT was leading
e.g. Romans 10:1-4, Gal 3:15-25

the gospel is the fulfilment of OT predictions
e.g. Romans 9:33,

b). THE PRESENT: The epistles explain how we should live

the epistles teach us what we should believe
by correcting error, e.g. Colossians 2:8-23, Galatians 3:1

the epistles teach us the way we should behave
e.g. Ephesians 4-6 etc!!

the epistles provide the models of how the gospel is maintained
e.g. 2 Timothy

c). THE FUTURE: The epistles encourage us to wait for Jesus’ coming

the epistles speak of what the end will be like
e.g. Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

the epistles explain the reason for the delay
e.g. 2 Peter 3:8-9

the epistles exhort us not to give up
e.g. Hebrews 2:1-4, Ephesians 6:10-17





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