The Apostle Paul went throughout the western part of the first-century world, preaching the gospel, founding churches, mentoring leaders, and discipling believers. Much of what we know of the early church comes from Paul’s counsel, not only in the longer letters to the Roman and Corinthian churches, but also in these ten shorter letters: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. These are amazingly relevant because Christians face the same issues today in living out in a hostile world the changed life that God has graciously given them — issues such as freedom from legalism, living in harmony with other Christians, holiness, and expecting the return of Jesus.
The Open Your Bible Commentary was written to encourage daily Bible study. Each reading is short, but the content is rich with careful explanation, devotional warmth, and practical relevance to your life. Nearly 150 daily readings let you explore Paul’s ten shorter letters in depth.
The Open Your Bible Commentary has four great strengths:
* Accessible – it’s written for the average, thoughtful Christian without assuming a great deal of background, yet it is never superficial.
* Digestible – it’s written so you can read a section or two a day, working your way through an entire book of the Bible in days or weeks.
* Dependable – it’s written by an amazing group of scholars and trusted pastor-teachers.
* Practical – it’s a rich combination of specific application and encouragement to listen to God for guidance.
The commentary on each of Paul’s ten shorter letters is introduced by an overview, summary, outline, key themes, and relevance of that book today.
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