Rev. Ronald Daye
Week Three Questions 1-5
1.What is the significance of the so –called “we passages” in the second part of Acts? The most significance features of Acts are the parts of it that were written in the first-person. These are the so called "we passages." On the face of them, the author seems to be claiming to have been a part of the story. In other words, the author of Acts appears to be claiming to have been at times a companion of Paul.
2.In what ways does the designation “disputed or undisputed”, affect how one reads the New Testament letters? Does “authenticity” affect the importance power of these texts as “scripture” in the Christian faith? Does the designation affect the role of certain texts as historical evidence in the historian’ task?
Some ways disputed or undisputed how someone reads the New Testament letters are they cannot be proven to us, you have to only believe. The authenticity affect of the scriptures makes you wonder did someone really write the letters and could they be true to what has been written by the authors of the letters. Yes, the designation can affect the roles of texts from historian’s point of view.
3.How do scholars proceed with reconstructing the conversational exchange between Paul and the churches in Corinth? What is the role of Chloe’s people? How do letters play a part? How do we know (what is the evidence for these letters and their exchange)?
Scholars have worked out various chronologies for Paul’s life but generally agree on a sequence of events that are dated in a span of a few years apart. Chloe’s people sought out Paul to let him know the problems in Corinth. The messages from Chloe’s people prompted Paul to write the letters and ask for unity between them.
4.What is the “New Perspective on Paul?” What is the “old” perspective on Paul (that emerged from the Reformation)? How does each perspective read or interpret Paul’s letter to the Romans? What impact does the New Perspective on Paul have on Christian theology?
The New Perspective on Paul is an untraditional way of interpretation of the Apostle New Testament teaching on justication, which lifts out the paradigm of it. The Old Perspective on Paul was concerned about God’s law, sin, and individual salvation and taught the reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone. The key to unlocking Paul’s original intent was the impact on the Christian theology.
5.First Thessalonians 4:13–18 is the only biblical reference to what many have called the “rapture.” What do you think of when you hear the term “the rapture”? After reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, how does Paul describe the believers being united with Christ (“in the air”)? Does Paul’s description fit the general sense of what “rapture” has come to mean today? What is Paul’s reason for writing this passage (i.e., how does this passage function in the broader context of 1 Thessalonians)? How might the passage in 1 Thessalonians be used to correct contemporary notions of “rapture”?
When I hear the word rapture, I think it is when you stand before God to be judged. The trumpet will sound and he will descend from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise first and the ones who are alive will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air to be with the Lord forever. No, they do not believe that there will be anyone left behind. Paul’s reason for writing the passage was to educate the Thessalonians. The notions of the Christians who are sleep and the dead the sleep will rise again.
Rev. Ronald Daye
Week Three Discussion Question:
Based upon your reading in Powell (chapters 11-22) and the Biblical text, what are three major thrusts in Paul’s teachings about Jesus? How do the teachings of Jesus and Paul compare and contrast with one another? Be sure to use specific examples from the New Testament.
Based on the reading in Powell some main thrust are history shows repeated rejections of Gods messengers. Moses was a prime example. The temple is not necessary a dwelling place for God. They have killed Gods righteous one, Jesus the Messiah. God is the creator, God is Forgiveness, and in addition, one is to love God and love others for God is love. The teaching of Jesus and Paul compare and contrast to one another is that in Paul when dealing with prayer he tells us that we do not know what we should pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. In addition, in Luke Jesus says when ye pray, say, Father Hallowed be thy name. Marks gospel does not record the Lord’s Prayer and Paul had not heard of it. Another example would be judging in Corinthians is not certain that we are to be the judged of angels how much more than life of the things of this life, whereas in Mathew Jesus says Judge not, that ye be not judged. When it comes to judging Paul and Jesus both taught the same things. The resurrection, their stories seem to be alike. Jesus says, “The son of man is going to be delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill him and he will be raised on the third day. Paul wrote, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures. This show that even though the books were all written by different authors they all somehow tie into each other telling the life of Jesus.