Preface

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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To the immature, rule-keeping can feel more "religious" than a spiritual devotion to Christ himself.

That was the temptation the Colossian church was facing. Their pastor trekked one thousand miles to Rome from what is now Turkey to find Paul and ask him to write a letter that would lay out true Christianity for his church members, in order to protect them from false teachers intent on picking them off and persuading them to adopt another faith.

The letter that Paul wrote in response to Epaphras' plea has been preserved as Paul's Letter to the Colossians. Outward religion, is not the answer, says Paul. 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!

Christ Is Supreme! Discipleship Lessons from Colossians and Philemon, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
A book of the compiled lessons is available in both e-book and paperback formats.

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.

I invite you to join me in a nine-week Bible study of Colossians and Philemon.

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Loomis, California
April 16, 2010


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