What Can We Learn from Paul’s Letters? Lessons and Themes from the Epistles

There’s so much we can learn from the Epistles! Paul wrote about the fruit of the spirit, justification, sanctification, grace, and more! Those are big concepts but in Volume 12: Letters From Paul, Phil Vischer breaks those concepts down into terms that easier for kids (and parents!) to understand. Below, we have rounded up all the activities and blog posts that answer the big questions from Volume 12.

Coloring Pages Covering the Epistles

If you’ve just watched DVD 12 Letters From Paul with your family, keep the fun going with coloring pages featuring scenes from the DVD!

DVD 12 Letters from Paul! covers big topics that can be tricky for kids (and parents!). If you struggle to understand exactly what justification means, we have you covered. We’ve gone in-depth on topics to help your family understand just what it all means.

Phil Vischer Shares Lessons from Paul’s Letters:

In this video clip and blog post, we learn from Phil how he chose to use examples and illustrations to help kids understand big concepts like justification. He points out that the concepts aren’t too difficult for children, but they’re too abstract. Breaking them down into illustrations helps kids learn what these important truths mean!

In Volume 12, Phil Vischer helps us understand that being a Christian isn’t about following rules – it’s about following God and having a relationship with Him. Out of that relationship, God makes you part of His Kingdom!

In creating DVD 12, Phil Vischer had to choose which themes from Paul’s letters he would cover.  Two major themes that jumped out to Phil were justification by grace through faith and the fruit of the spirit. Both of these themes help point us toward the Gospel and to Jesus.

This post features a clip of Phil Vischer discussing the difference between justification and sanctification. He explains that justification is a one-time label we receive as believers, but sanctification is a life-long process of becoming more like Jesus.

We turned to a team of researchers to go even deeper into some of these concepts:

We hear the word “grace” all the time, but do we truly understand what grace means in the lives of believers? And how does God show grace to us?

When we follow God, He fills us with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is inside us, we produce the Fruit of the Spirit, which means our lives are more full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

We can never be perfect like Jesus, but the process of us becoming more like Christ is called sanctification. When God sanctifies us, he makes us holy and sets us apart.

When God justifies us, He declares us “right” or “true” because of His son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus died for our sin, He took away our sin and gave us righteousness.

What does it mean to have faith? How can we be confident in God’s love and care for us? When we look at the cross, we are immediately reminded of the power of God’s love for us.

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