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Monday, February 20, 2012

Acts, and letters to the Romans and Corinthians

Last week I started an article series on the books of the Bible. I hope that it was beneficial to your study and will continue to be as we look at the next four books in the New Testament.


Author: Luke, the Physician (Luke was probably the only non-Jewish writer in NT, and also wrote the gospel of Luke).

Audience:  Theophilus (Acts 1:1); In all probability he was also writing to the Gentile believers.

Purpose of Book: The purpose of the book of Acts is to continue where Luke left off in his gospel (Acts 1:1-3). The book goes on and tells about the church and how it will function after Jesus ascended. In many ways the books serves as a link between the gospels and the epistles.


Author: Paul, the apostle (Romans 1:1), and Tertius was used to transcribe his words (Romans 16:22).

Audience: Those in Rome

Purpose of Book: To show that salvation is offered through the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16-17).

1 Corinthians:

Author: Paul, the apostle  and Sosthenes (1 Corinthians 1:1).

Audience: Church of God in Corinth, and to those sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2).

Purpose of Book: The apostle Paul had founded the church at Corinth on his second missionary journey (Acts 18). Since that time the church at Corinth had become involved in things that no Christian should be involved in and had several questions about what they were supposed to do as Christians. Paul is sending this letter to try to help them get back on track, answer their questions, and put Christ back as their focus.

2 Corinthians:

Author: Paul, the apostle, and Timothy (2 Corinthians 1:1).

Audience: Church of God at Corinth, all Christian in the whole of Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1b).

Purpose of Book: In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul uses the letter to expresses his relief that the Corinthians had received his letter in the manner that he wanted them to. He then goes on to address some issues that were tearing the church apart, such as false apostles and teachers and defends his own work.

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