Draw map of Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries. Locate the provinces of Asia Minor, the fourteen places on the chart, and trace the route.
I. To Whom Addressed:
Record the words of address as found in the opening of each epistle. The following is given as an example:
Romans: “To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.” 1:7.
II. Location of Churches Addressed:
Draw full-page map of Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries, locating the churches, seven in number.
III. Names in the Superscriptions:
Record the names addressing the epistles as given at the beginning of each, together with descriptions attached. Describe the persons whose names are made companion with Paul’s. Note whether they are regarded as writers, and why Paul adds their names. Note I Cor. 16:21, Phil. 1:21, and II Thes. 3:17. The following two are given as examples:
Romans: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians: Paul, called to be an apostle
of Jesus Christ, * * * and
Sosthenes, our brother.
Sosthenes was ruler of a Jewish synagogue (Acts 18:17). He was probably converted later. He is not regarded as aiding in the authorship. It was probably sent in his name to add weight.
IV. General Contents:
Secure these by reference to Bible Dictionary. The following is given as an example:
Romans and Galatians: The doctrines of sin and grace.
II. Place and Date of Writing.
III. Description of Addressed Ones. (The people, the city, the church.)
IV. Number of Chapters.
V. Key Word or Verse.
VI. Outline of Contents.
VII. General Purpose. (Or brief description of letter as a whole.)
VIII. Three Leading Phrases.
IX. Three Leading Verses.
X. Leading Chapters.
XI. Leading Thought About Christ.
III. Brief Description of Founding. See Acts 17. Also a brief word about the city.
V. Wait. Comfort.
VII. To command, to exhort, and to describe the second coming of Christ as a means of comfort, and as a stimulus to right living.
VIII. “Pray * * ”
“Quench not * * ”