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I Thessalonians, Philippians, Philemon: Bible Study Guide (PDF)



Here are three of the Apostle Paul’s seven authenticated letters. They are all shorter than the other four he wrote, making them ideal to combine into this single workbook.

I Thessalonians was Paul’s first letter of the seven. It was also the first document of Christianity. Workbook questions are intended to help students get at the core of the chief concerns mentioned by the Christians of Thessalonica when they wrote to their leader, Paul.

In the book of Philippians we see a special congregation that has a rare, unquenchable love for Paul, which was expressed to him in the most practical, benevolent, truly helpful ways. The questions the workbook poses about each chapter allow students to explore the unique and collective themes that are woven into these letters. They also give us a glimpse into the generous hearts of these completely new-to-Christianity followers of Christ.

Philemon is profoundly different from all of Paul’s other letters, for it is the only one addressed to an individual rather than to a church community. The letter to the man named Philemon zeroes in on a major issue that was the subject of rampant controversy—especially among Christians—in the Roman Empire: slavery. It shows how Paul courageously fought against slavery with the saving grace of the Gospel.

Each chapter has between four and six thoughtful questions that reveal key themes. The questions are designed to prompt readers to think of new ways they might view such familiar material.

This workbook (and PDF) is intended to be used in conjunction with a 12-hour online study course video named “I Thessalonians, Philemon, Philippians.” [Please notice that the title of the study guide reverses the order of the second and third books: Philippians precedes Philemon here!]

This PDF version can be accessed by anyone worldwide. After you download it, you can either print it out for yourself or read the downloaded file on your computer or tablet.


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