In preparation for this lesson, the student should read chapters 21-28 of the Book of Acts. This will help you understand the background of his prison epistles. Write notes on the key historical information from these chapters.

This lesson has three sections regarding the imprisonment of Paul:

Ongoing Ministry
Theological Unity

Goals and Objectives of Lesson 1


In this lesson, we would like to accomplish the following:

1. We hope you will become enthusiastic about God's sovereign plan in our lives and grow in your interest in studying Paul's life and teachings.

2. We hope you will use the resources and activities of this lesson to learn key information about the background of the prison epistles.

3. We hope you will apply the lessons from the life and ministry of Paul to your own life.


When you do the following, it will show that the goals are met:

1. Complete all the written assignments of the lesson, expressing your own thoughts and attitudes regarding the lessons to be learned from the background of the prison epistles.

2. Obtain a satisfactory grade on the test, demonstrating that you can identify key information related to the historical background of the prison epistles.  

3. Answer the application questions in the study guides, showing how you have applied the teachings of the lesson to your life.

"Instructions for Lesson 1"

Carefully read the "Instructions for Lesson 1." You may want to print them out so that you can refer to them as you proceed through the assignments.


If this is your first time to study one of our lessons, you should read "General Instructions for Assignments" and watch the video tutorials. They will explain how to use the videos, how to arrange your word processor to take notes, how to use the quizzes, and other important suggestions.

Note about Greek and Hebrew

Once in a while, the lectures of Third Millennium courses include words in Greek or Hebrew. Don't worry about this, because a knowledge of these languages is not necessary for the course. Furthermore, when a Greek or Hebrew word is used in a study guide, glossary, or quiz, it will be transliterated (using English letters). However, it may be helpful to at least look at the alphabet of these biblical languages and learn something about the way they are transliterated. If you are interested, you may look at the following resources:

For Greek, see the following PDF document:
Greek Alphabet

For Hebrew, you may look at the following web site called "Judaism 101"


Each lesson has a glossary of terms and names used in the lesson. You can find it in the "Resources" section of the lesson.

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