theology

1) Paul uses two primary metaphors for community: the human body and a building.  For body metaphors, see Romans 12:1-8, I Corinthians 12; for building metaphors, see Romans 15:20, 1 Corinthians 3:10, Ephesians 2:20. Which metaphor speaks to you, and why?

2) Which one of Pauls eight metaphors of the atonement detailed in the online lecture speaks to you?  Why?

3) One of the most important points to remember when reading the New Testament letters is that they are situational — written by specific people to specific people in particular circumstances. And yet from the earliest days of Christianity, the letters were passed around and read by others (see Colossians 4:16). What is it about the letters that make them applicable to people in different circumstances? How might that explain their continued use by Christians today? Is such usage legitimate, in your view? Why or why not?

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