A Reading Plan for the Letters of Paul
One of the best things I did last year was read and study ONE book of the Bible. I choose Philippians in the New Testament. I wish I could say I chose it for spiritual reasons. Nope. Just decided it was one of the shorter books of the Bible. Ok, I did choose it to because Philippians has my “life verse” in it:
“Be anxious for nothing….” Philippians 4:6
I was reading Philippians 4:6 and wondered, what is the context of Pastor Paul’s words to the church? I spent months and months reading and re-reading this small four-chapter book of the Bible. I wrote everything down. I turned to commentaries and poured through the words again. There is so much wisdom and richness packed into this book you can literally read in fifteen minutes! One day I might publish my Philippians Bible study, but in the meantime I decided to create something special to help myself (and you) read the letters Paul wrote which we have in the New Testament. It is great for someone who wants a good reading plan, but can’t handle several chapters a day. Also, it takes a slower look at each passage. I’ve created this reading plan just for you and I hope you like it.
Here is a list of books of the Bible Paul wrote:
1 & 2 Corinthians
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy
*Hebrews is often attributed to Paul, but I chose not to include it in my reading plan. There is a debate on whether Paul actually wrote it, so for our purposes we will not include it.
Paul was an apostle and his name first appears as Saul in the book of Acts. Saul was a persecutor of the church but after an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul’s name was changed to Paul and he become what many would say to be the “first missionary.” Through Paul’s letters we can read his heart for the people. He genuinely loved the people of God. Paul also spoke not only to Jews, but to Gentiles. Paul’s life and letters is a fascinating study. You can find more information about Paul here:
Sarah E. Frazer is a writer and Bible study mentor at sarahefrazer.com. She is the wife of Jason and mother of five who all serve as full-time missionaries in Honduras. Her passion is to encourage women to fall in love with the Bible. Sarah is the author of several Bible study resources for women. She share tools for deep-rooted Bible study at sarahefrazer.com. Follow her on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/sarah_e_frazer) and join her free prayer challenge at sarahefrazer.com/prayer