Talks: “What is the Church?” from Kevin Edlefson

Kevin Edlefson - June 5, 2016

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Postcards from Paul

In his letters, Paul applies the truths of the gospel to the specific situation of the people he is writing to. Writing to the young church he had started in Thessalonica, he offers warm encouragement as they continue to figure out how to live as God’s people in their city in the face of persecution.

From Series: "Postcards from Paul"

Paul – the one-time persecutor of the early church – became the movement’s most important theologian, authoring almost half of the New Testament as he wrestled to understand and apply the new thing that God was doing in Christ.Yet Paul was not sitting in a room somewhere researching and writing – he was traversing the Mediterranean, proclaiming the gospel, gathering disciples in new communities of faith and making tents.His writings weren’t systematic theologies, but practical applications of the gospel in concrete situations – correcting wrong understanding and behavior, encouraging and supporting the fledgling churches and writing to inspire and thank his coworkers and friends. During this series, we will be reading all of Paul’s letters with the goal of seeking to understand who is being addressed, what their situation is and how Paul brings the gospel to bear on that situation. As we do, we will better understand the ways that the gospel is speaking into our own context, centuries later and halfway around the world.

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