A Study of Colossians

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Originally Presented September - December 2004

Paul wrote the epistle to the Colossians to strengthen the faith of the believers there and to warn them of the dangers posed by false teachers in their midst. Paul responded to these false teachers by emphasizing the divine nature of Jesus Christ together with His supreme control of all things. After laying the foundation of a proper understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ, Paul then concludes the epistle by revealing how the Colossian Christian’s faith in Christ should reveal itself in lives of personal godliness.

1           Historical background; Word Study: “apostle…saints…grace…peace”
             Intro; Colossians 1:1-2

2           Word Studies: “your faith…your love…your hope…”
             Colossians 1:3-8

3           Concept Study: “walk worthy of the Lord”
             Colossians 1:9-12

4           Focus on Christ: His person, work, and kingdom
             Colossians 1:13-18

5           Concept Study: “reconciliation”—its nature and result   
             Colossians 1:19-23

6           Word Studies: “minister…stewardship…mystery”             
             Colossians 1:24-29

7           Concept Study: Mutual Christian concern and support—its purpose and value    
             Colossians 2:1-5

8           Concept Study: Growth in Christ; “traditions, basic principles”;
             “fullness of the Godhead complete.”        
             Colossians 2:6-10

9         Concept Study: The nature and basis of the Christian’s special relationship with Christ.   
             Colossians 2:11-15

10        Concept Study: Guarding Christian Freedom!     
             Colossians 2:16-23

11        Concept Study: “seek those things which are above…
             set your mind on things above…your life is hidden with Christ.”
             Colossians 3:1-4

12         Concept Study: “put to death your members put on the new man.”        
             Colossians 3:5-11

13         Concept Study: “the elect of God…put on love…let the Word of
             Christ dwell in you; do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”  
             Colossians 3:12-17

14         Topic: The Responsibilities of Christians within Society.  
             Colossians 3:18-4:1

15         Concept Studies: “vigilance in prayer…walk in wisdom…
             Redeeming the time…speech seasoned with salt.”           
             Colossians 4:2-6

16         Topic: Apostolic Associates          
             Colossians 4:7-18