Girls, you know who the apostle Paul is, right?
His name was originally Saul and he was a Pharisee who persecuted Christians. At least that’s what he did until, on a trip to Damascus, he was knocked off of his horse by a blinding (literally) light and he met the risen Christ (Acts 9).
His name changed from Saul to Paul, he started preaching the gospel everywhere he went and he wrote 13 of the 27 books in our New Testament. Paul was imprisoned for his faith many times but he never gave up; he’s awesome!
Paul’s one of my favorite writers of the Bible and for that reason, I want to present you with four Pauline letters every Christian girl should read.
- Romans – If you want to understand basic Christian doctrine, then you need to read Romans! In Romans, Paul explains exactly what we believe as Christians. He explains righteousness, justification, grace and a bunch of other stuff necessary to understanding the Christian faith.
- 2 Timothy – Paul’s letters to Timothy are my personal favorites. While both letters are amazing, 2 Timothy contains everything Paul felt he needed to tell Timothy before his (Paul’s) death. Paul reminds Timothy to remain strong and unashamed of the gospel, to conduct himself well for God, and warns him of difficulties that will come and how to handle them. It’s a very straightforward letter and it’s only four chapters.
- Ephesians – Most of us hear Ephesians and think “the armor of God,” but Ephesians is so much more than that. Have you ever struggled with feeling like God really loves you? Then you need to read Ephesians. Ephesians is primarily about how we’ve been adopted by God, and God doesn’t adopt people for no reason.
- Philippians – Finally, Philippians. Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison. He wrote to encourage the Philippian believers who were worried about him. Throughout the letter Paul encourages the church in Philippi to continue on loving and serving just as they have been. Philippians is one of the only letters Paul wrote where he did not have to spend time resolving a conflict within the church. The letter is entirely encouraging and we can all use more encouragement.
These books are amazing. If you were only going to read four of Paul’s letters, these are the four I definitely recommend, but there’s so much more. There are only 13 Pauline letters in the New Testament and the truth is, I encourage you to read all of them.
Every one of Paul’s letters teaches us more about Christ, more about how to love people and lessons on how to deal with difficult people and situations with love. There’s always something to learn and I’ve never found Paul’s letters to be irrelevant to our time in history or situations I’ve dealt with.
If you’re looking for a reading plan this year, I highly encourage you to read all of Paul’s letters.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9
Girls, what is your favorite letter by Paul?
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