Encountering the New Testament, 4th Edition

A Historical and Theological Survey

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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17. All Things to All People

Discussion Questions

  1. Cite evidence from the Scriptures that may suggest that Paul was trilingual.
  2. What was the value of Paul’s three missionary journeys?
  3. How did Paul address evil in his letters?
  4. How should the principles of ethics that Paul taught affect Christian living today?
  5. What are some teachings of Paul that indicate that the Old Testament is still valid today?

Assignment Ideas / Class Activities

  1. Instruct the student to compare and contrast the introductions of Paul’s letters and make a list of the similarities and differences between the letters in regard to format, themes, etc.
  2. Use a map projected onto a screen. Have the students identify the key cities on the three missionary journeys, using a different color marker for each journey.
  3. Ask the class to make a chart that illustrates Paul’s theology by finding applicable Scripture verses for soteriology, Christology, and eschatology.
  4. Have a panel discussion that addresses the topic of Pauline ethics for today.
  5. Select an article from a newspaper that presents an ethical issue. Have students write a two-page essay about how Paul’s ethical principles would apply to the issue.