The Letters
Genre

Epistles/Letters are didactic New Testament letters that work out a theological idea or application.

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Galatians 3:1-9

Locate the Passage 3:1-9 is the first preaching unit in Galatians 3. Identify the Genre The macro level is epistolary. The micro level is expository/hortatory. This passage has a single and highly significant command. Determine the Structure of the Passage The... Read More »

Galatians 2:11-21

Locate the Passage 2:11-21 is the second key preaching unit in Galatians 2. It follows Paul’s account of his interaction with the Jerusalem apostles in 2:1-11. Identify the Genre The macro level is epistolary. The micro level is expository. There are no comm... Read More »

Galatians 2:1-10

Locate the Passage 2:1-10 is the first preaching unit of Galatians 2. It follows Paul’s selective autobiography (1:11-24) and records his interaction with the Jerusalem apostles. Identify the Genre The macro level is epistolary. The micro level is expository... Read More »

Galatians 1:11-24

Locate the Passage 1:11-24 is Paul’s testimony which follows the introduction (1:1-5) and affirmation of the uniqueness of the gospel of Christ (1:6-10). Identify the Genre The macro level is epistolary. The micro level is expository. Determine the Structure... Read More »

Galatians 1:6-10

Locate the Passage 1:6-10 follows Paul’s greeting and stresses the absolute uniqueness of the gospel of Christ. Identify the Genre The macro level is epistolary. The micro level is expository/hortatory. Determine the Structure of the Passage The heart of thi... Read More »

Galatians 1:1-5

1. Locate the Passage 1:1-5 is the introduction to the letter 2. Identify the Genre The macro level is epistolary. The micro level is expository. 3. Determine the Structure of the Passage This passage includes Paul’s customary introduction with one exception... Read More »

Walking With God

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Walking With God by Southwestern President Dr. Paige Patterson. Read More »

1 John 5:21

I treat this verse as a single sentence paragraph. The vocative case of address, “My little children,” also marks this verse off as a paragraph. The point of the verse is to present something of a summary exhortation based generally on the entire letter an... Read More »

1 John 5:13-20

You will need to decide whether to treat v. 21 as a part of this paragraph or whether to treat it as a separate sermon. I opted for the latter in my preaching through 1 John, based on linguistic reasons. If you go with the former approach, v. 21 functions as t... Read More »

1 John 5:6-12

This paragraph is closely connected to the previous paragraph. One option would be to preach the two paragraphs together in one sermon on 1 John 5:1-12. The sub-structure of this paragraph is as follows: 6-8       (Justification for the claim that believe... Read More »

1 John 5:1-5

John identifies three spiritual birthmarks every Christian has in these verses: Love Obedience Faith I. Our Love and Obedience to God Insure Our Love for Christians – (vv. 1–3). A. Love to God Insures our Love for Christians (1) The first birthmark of ... Read More »

1 John 4:12-21

Loving one another evidences two realities in our lives according to verse 12: God abides in us and his love is brought to completion in us. John is very fond of using this word “abide.” It is common in his Gospel as well as in this letter. In verses 12–... Read More »