Beginning the Journey (for new Christians)
1, 2, and 3 John
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy
2 Peter, Jude
7 Last Words of Christ
Christ Powered Life (Rom 5-8)
David, Life of
Jesus and the Kingdom
Lamb of God
Names of God
Sermon on the Mount
Christ Is Supreme!
Discipleship Lessons from Colossians and Philemon
To the immature, rule-keeping can feel more "religious" than a spiritual devotion to Christ himself. That's the temptation the Colossian church was facing from false teachers. No, says Paul in his Letter to Colossians. Christ is both supreme and sufficient -- we need nothing beyond him to complete our faith.
The letter provides us with one of the most compelling visions in all the New Testament of who Jesus Christ actually is, in all his majesty and glory -- the image of the invisible God, existing before all things, Creator of everything, Sustainer, Head, Beginning, First-to-Be-Resurrected -- the fullness of God in bodily form. Christ is preeminent!
This nine-week Bible study of Colossians and Philemon both awes us in its revelation of Christ and anchors us in practical guidelines for Christian living. The study can be used for personal enrichment, by small groups and classes, and by teachers and preachers for sermon preparation.
Here's the abbreviated table of contents of this 158-page book:
|Introduction to Colossians||13|
|1. A Prayer for the Colossian Believers (Colossians 1:1-14)||20|
|2. The Supremacy of Christ (Colossians 1:15-19)||36|
|3. Christ the Reconciler (Colossians 1:20-23)||48|
|4. Paul's Labors for the Church (Colossians 1:24-2:5)||56|
|5. Freedom from Legalism (Colossians 2:6-23)||70|
|6. Guidelines for Holy Living (Colossians 3:1-17)||88|
|7. Christian Households (Colossians 3:18-4:1)||107|
|8. Final Instructions and Greetings (Colossians 4:2-18)||119|
|9. Paul's Letter to Philemon||132|
|Appendix 1. Participant Handouts||144|
|Appendix 2. Songs and Hymns from Colossians||156|
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