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23 Cards in this Set

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Acts
Author: Same as Luke.
Date:Early AD 60's
Provenance: Rome
Destination: Gentiles or converted Jews
Audience: Theophilus
Occasion: Present an orderly account for the origin of the church.
Purpose: Record the development of the church from Jerusalem to Rome. To show the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. Record of Paul's conversion and following ministry.
Central Message:History of the spread of Christianity.
Romans
Author: Paul (Hauptbriefe)
Date: AD 57
Provenance: Corinth
Destination: A Roman church
Audience: Gentiles or converted jews.
Occasion: To explain the "goings on" in the known world, through God's perspective.
Purpose: 1) to help raise money for a later journey to Spain 2) To explain and teach theology.
Central Message: Righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ, not the law. Faith in Jesus Christ transforms us to love fellow Christians and fulfill God's purpose for our lives.
1 Corinthians
Author: Paul (Hauptbriefe)
Date: AD 55 or 56
Provenance:Ephesus
Destination: Corinth
Audience: Church
Occasion: Disunity in the church
Purpose: Address disunity and false teaching
Central Message: Do not divide over differences, but unite as one body of Christ, living in the diversity that the power of the cross and resurrection has brought together.
2 Corinthians
Author: Paul (Hauptbriefe)
Date: AD 56 or 57
Provenance: Ephesus
Destination: Corinth
Audience: Church
Occasion: False teaching and disunity within the church.
Purpose: To affirm the church's repentance. To guide believers in the "next steps" of the faith. Defend Paul's ministry against the "Super-Apostles."
Central Message: Live out the new covenant with a spirit of reconciliation; caring for fellow believers and guarding against false teachers.
Galatians
Author: Paul (Hauptbriefe)
Date: AD 49-50
Provenance: unknown
Destination: probably Southern Galatia
Audience: Church(es) of Gentiles or converted Jews.
Occasion: Address the influence of Judaizers.
Purpose: Correct false teaching on legalism.
Central Message: Righteousness is not by works, but by faith in Jesus Christ, that expresses itself in love.
Ephesians
Author: Paul
Date: AD 61
Provenance: Rome (Prison Epistle)
Destination: Ephesus
Audience: Church
Occasion: False teaching
Purpose: Instruction for the "next steps" of Christian growth.
Central Message: Work for unity. Mutually submitting to one another with the knowledge that we (believers) have all been chosen by God's grace and deliverance.
Philippians
Author: Paul
Date: ca 63
Provenance: Rome (Prison Epistle)
Destination: Philippi
Audience: Church
Occasion: Challenges from Judaizers and false teachings.
Purpose: Deal with false teachings.
Central Message: Let Christ's example of humility be the standard for maintaining true unity in the church.
Colossians
Author: Paul
Date: AD 61
Provenance: Rome (Prison Epistle)
Destination: Colossae
Audience: Church
Occasion: Heretical teachings (2:1-18)
Purpose: To refute the false teachings.
Central Message: Let the truth, who is the Son of God, transform the world; rather than conforming your faith to the world.
1 Thessalonians
Author: 1 Thessalonians
Date: AD 50
Provenance: Corinth
Destination: Thessalonica
Audience: Church
Occasion: Questions arose about life after death in the aging church. They were weary in their persecutions awaiting the return of Christ.
Purpose: Written to encourage believers who are facing persecution. Addresses sexual immorality and the Christian view of it, in light of their pagan understanding. Assurance of life after death. Instruction on spiritual gifts.
Central Message: Christ will return and until He does, stand firm in the faith; live pure and holy lives, holding one another accountable.
2 Thessalonians
Author: Paul
Date: AD 50-51
Provenance: Corinth
Destination: Thessalonica
Audience: Church
Occasion: Believers misinterpreted the 1st letter to mean that Christ had already returned.
Purpose: Correct their misunderstanding about the "last things."
Central Message: The Lawless One must come first. Therefore, stand firm holding one another accountable in love; confident that God is in control.
1 Timothy
Author: Paul
Date: AD 63-65
Provenance: Macedonia
Destination: Ephesus
Audience: Timothy, the church
Occasion: Timothy was discouraged.
Purpose: To encourage Timothy to withstand false teaching and for unity in the church.
Central Message: Shepard the church well, always looking to the faith for guidance on what to do and the Spirit with which it should be done.
2 Timothy
Author: Paul
Date: AD 65-66 (during 2nd imprisonment)
Provenance: Rome
Destination: Ephesus
Audience: TImothy, the church
Occasion: Refute false teaching. Timothy was discouraged.
Purpose: Encourage Timothy to finish strong.
Central Message: Do not give up or give in, in ministry. Even when others desert you or are no longer around; trusting in who God has made you and through faithful people who have invested in your life.
Titus
Author: Paul
Date: Ad 62-64
Provenance: unknown
Destination: Crete
Audience: Titus
Occasion: The need for proper leadership.
Purpose: Instructional to lead the church into holy living, so as to refute false teachings.
Central Message: Lead well. Choose good leaders because you are a witness to the world.
Philemon
Author: Paul
Date: AD 61
Provenance: Rome (Prison Epistle)
Destination: Colossae
Audience: Philemon, a convert of Paul's early ministry.
Occasion: Paul sends Onesimus away to return to Philemon.
Purpose: To bring about the reconciliation between the two men through the grace of God.
Central Message: Let your relationship with Christ be the context of all other relationships.
Hebrews
Author: Disputed
Date: Before AD 70.
Provenance: unknown
Destination: Rome
Audience: Hebrew or possibly a mixed congregation with Gentiles and converted Jews.
Occasion: Weariness in the faith.
Purpose: To encourage believers to continue in their faith with the superiority of Christ.
Central Message: Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest is worthy of all our worship and praise.
James
Author: Traditionally James, the half-brother of Jesus.
Date: Possibly late 40's. (48-49)
Provenance: Unknown
Destination: Unknown
Audience: Unknown
Occasion: Disunity in the church.
Purpose: Living out one's faith, being a doer, not just a hearer. Deny the things of the world and build unity in the church.
Central Message: True faith will produce works that demonstrate great care for your brothers and sisters in Christ; especially those in great need.
1 Peter
Author: Peter
Date: AD 62-63
Provenance: Rome
Destination: Macedonia
Audience: Christians
Occasion: great persecution
Purpose: Encourage believers to endure persecution to glory.
Central Message: When persecuted for your faith, remain obedient to God and live in unity. So that, God's glory can be revealed.
2 Peter
Author: Peter
Date: AD 64-67
Provenance: Rome
Destination: Churches outside of Palestine
Audience: Believers
Occasion: False teaching and sexual immorality.
Purpose: Beware of false teachings.
Central Message: Don't be deceived by the earthly temptations of false teachers, but trust in scripture and look forward to the return of Christ.
1 John
Author: The Apostle John
Date: 90's
Provenance: Ephesus
Destination: Ephesus
Audience: Church near Ephesus
Occasion: False Teaching
Purpose: Distinguish true Christianity from false teaching. Encourage believers to live out true Christianity.
Central Message: Live as children of God, believing that Jesus is the Son of God incarnate, loving one another in word and deed.
2 John
Author: John the Apostle
Date: 90's
Provenance: Ephesus
Destination: Ephesus
Audience: Church near Ephesus
Occasion: False teachings.
Purpose: False teachers were causing disunity.
Central Message: Live in truth and love, refusing to associate with false teachers.
3 John
Author: John the Apostle
Date: 90's
Provenance: Ephesus
Destination: Ephesus
Audience: Gaius
Occasion: Disunity in the church
Purpose: Resolve church conflict
Central Message: Support those who support the Gospel.
Jude
Author: Debated. Probably another half-brother of Jesus.
Date: ca. 65-80 (depending on authorship)
Provenance: unknown
Destination: unknown
Audience: unknown
Occasion: unknown
Purpose: Warning against false teachers and encouragement to grow in the faith.
Central Message: Grow in our faith and beware of false teachers whose doctrines and practices disrupt the unity of the body.
Revelation
Author: John
Date: late 90's
Provenance: Isle of Patmos
Destination: The seven churches
Audience: Believers
Occasion: Questions about Christ's return during intense persecution.
Purpose: To give believers hope by telling them that the coming persecution will end with God's victory and their full installation to His kingdom.
Central Message: Christ will return and God's kingdom will be established.