The letters of Paul popularly called The Epistles

Subject : Christian Religious Studies

Term : First Term

Week: Week 8


Class : Basic 6 / Primary 6



Previous lesson :

The pupils have previous knowledge of the previous topic as it relates to the implication of Lydia’s conversion


Topic : The Letters Of Paul Known As The Epistles


Behavioural objectives :

At the end of the lesson,  pupils should be able to

  • Say the meaning of the Epistles
  • Mention some of the Epistles that are written by Paul
  • Write out the reasons for writing the Epistles


Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Related Online Video
  • Flash Cards.
  • The Holy Bible

Methods of Teaching :

  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Asking Questions
  • Explanation
  • Role Modelling
  • Role Delegation


Reference Materials :

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum
  • Workbooks
  • The Holy Bible


Content :


The Pauline epistles, also called Epistles of Paul or Letters of Paul, are the thirteen books of the New Testament attributed to Paul the Apostle, although the authorship of some is in dispute. .The Pauline epistles are usually placed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Catholic epistles in modern editions

Since after the Damascus road experience with the Lord, Jesus caused a big change in Paul’s life. Instead of being a persecutor of the people of the Way, that is, Christians, he was now a missionary, especially to the Gentiles.


In the course of his missionary work, Paul visited many communities. Among the communities he visited, as a result of his missionary journeys were Ephesus, Thessalonica, Corinth, Syria, Rome, Philippi, Galatia, Pamphylia, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, Beroea and Athens.


The life of Paul is a proof that when one is in Christ, one is a new creation; old things are passed away. Map of Europe showing Macedonia and Philippi


Reasons for the Letters or Epistles of Paul


We all have reasons for writing letters to people we know. It may be for greetings, to ask after their well-being, or to pray with and for them.


Paul wrote his Epistles for many reasons. One of such reasons was to encourage believers in Christ. He also wrote to correct false doctrines and quarrels among believers. For example, Paul wrote to ‘his son’ Timothy to be wary of false prophets: those who frowned at eating some foods. In addition, Paul wrote to proclaim the good news of the Lord Jesus. He said,


‘This is a faithful saying and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’


The epistles of St Paul


Paul is generally known as an apostle to the Gentiles. It has been shown that he wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament. He wrote many letters as a means of encouraging believers and sustaining the faith in God through Jesus Christ. Among the epistles are:

Letters to the Romans, (I andI2)





Colossians, (I and 2)

Thessalonians, (I and II)


Titus, and Philemon.


Paul was indeed uniting the Christians in these communities through his letters.




The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise




The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.



  1. Write out the major communities visited by Paul and his companions.
  2. Say the need for Paul to write letters (epistles) to each of these communities.
  3. List three letters of_ Paul
  4. ________________ and ______________are written after The Book of Timothy
  5. The firs three Epistles of Paul are. _______________________;    ___________and _________________



Prepare for the next lesson by reading about The epistles of Paul part 2

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