Chapter 21 Student Reading Guide

The Gospel According to Paul: The Letter to the Romans

1.      How did Paul spread his gospel? With whom did he speak? In what kind of context? What did he say? What did he try to get people to believe? How did he organize his converts? How did he manage to deal with his converts after he left town?

2.      What was the occasion for the writing of 1 Thessalonians? How did the church begin? What problems arose after Paul left the community? What does Paul say to resolve those problems?

3.      Christians did not build churches until about two centuries after Jesus’ death. Instead, they met at people’s houses. How might meeting places of this kind have helped create cohesive social units?