Ephesians-1 & 2 Thessalonians


Introduction to Ephesians

(Eph. 1:4) Does this passage teach that some people are “chosen” for heaven and others are “chosen” for hell?

(Eph. 1:5) Does this verse teach that some are “predestined” for heaven and others for hell? (see also verse 11 and 2 Thess. 2:13)

(Eph. 1:10) Will God save everyone in the end?

(Eph. 1:23) Is Jesus incomplete without the church?

(Eph. 2:1, 5) Does this verse support the Calvinist doctrine of total inability?

(Eph. 2:8) Is “faith” the gift of God or is “grace” the gift of God?

(Eph. 4:8) Does Paul accurately quote Psalm 68:18?

(Eph. 4:9-10) What does it mean that Christ “descended into the lower parts of the earth”?

(Eph. 4:14) Should we become like children or not?

(Eph. 5:5-6) Is Paul teaching works here?

(Eph. 5:22-24) Was Paul a sexist pig? (links to “Christianity and Women”)

(Eph. 6:5-9) Does the Bible support slavery?

(Eph. 6:12) Are the rulers and authorities human institutions or demonic institutions?


Introduction to Philippians

(Phil. 1:22) Was Paul considering suicide?

(Phil. 2:6) Does God have an embodied “form”?

(Phil. 2:7) Did Jesus cease to be God on Earth?

(Phil. 2:10) Does this passage imply universalism?

(Phil. 2:12) Does this mean that we earn our salvation?

(Phil. 3:1-2) Was this section added on from another letter?

(Phil. 3:2) Was Paul anti-Semitic, calling the Jews “dogs?”

(Phil. 3:3) Does the church replace the promises of Israel?


Introduction to Colossians

(Col. 1:14) Do modern translations want to take the blood of Christ from the Bible?

(Col. 1:15, 18) Was Christ a “firstborn” in the sense of being a created being?

(Col. 1:16) “All things” or “all other things”

(Col. 1:20) Does this passage teach universalism?

(Col. 1:21-23) Does this verse threaten eternal security?

(Col. 1:23) Did Paul really believe that the entire world had heard the gospel at this point?

(Col. 1:24) Was the Cross insufficient?

(Col. 2:8) Is it wrong for Christians to study philosophy?

(Col. 2:11-13) Does this passage support infant baptism?

(Col. 3:18) Was Paul a sexist pig? (links to “Christianity and Women”)

(Col. 3:22) Does the Bible support slavery?

(Col. 4:16) Did Paul write a lost letter to the church of Laodicea?

1 Thessalonians

Introduction to 1 & 2 Thessalonians

(1 Thess. 1:4) Does God choose some for heaven and others for hell?

(1 Thess. 2:14-16) Did Paul hate the Jews?

(1 Thess. 2:14-16) Was this passage added by later scribes, or did Paul really write this?

(1 Thess. 3:1-6) Does Paul’s history contradict Luke’s in the Book of Acts?

(1 Thess. 4:4) Does “vessel” refer to our wife or our own body?

(1 Thess. 4:13) Did Paul believe in soul-sleep?

(1 Thess. 4:15) Did Paul believe Christ would return in his lifetime?

(1 Thess. 4:16-17) Does this describe a pre-tribulation rapture or a post-tribulation rapture of the church?

2 Thessalonians

(2 Thess. 1:9) Is hell really annihilation of the soul?

(2 Thess. 2:1-8) Does this passage describe the rapture?

(2 Thess. 2:6-7) Who is the restrainer?

(2 Thess. 2:9-12) A deluding influence?

(2 Thess. 2:15) Does this passage support the Roman Catholic doctrine of the teaching magisterium?

(2 Thess. 3:6) Does this passage teach excommunication from the church? (cf. 1 Cor. 5:1-13)