Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians

In this summer study, we read through Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians. In this letter, Paul reminds his audience to keep their hearts and minds on the glories of Christ Jesus. As background for this study, I have used N.T. Wright’s Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. This study covers four weeks. (Some of the emails are lost.)
(Summer 2013)

Colossians 1:1-20, pt.1

This week try to see the manifestation of the Wisdom of God in Newton’s second law of motion (Force=Mass x Acceleration) or E=mc2; in the most despicable of arachnids or serpents; or simply in the mundane such as the grass growing in a highway median whose purpose is live and to grow upwards towards the light, providing nourishment and protection for a myriad of life.
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Colossians 1:1-20, pt.2

Think about the individuals that Paul mentions in this introduction to his letter and the role that these individuals played in Paul’s ministry and the life of the church in Colossae.
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Colossians 1:21-2:7, pt.1

As you read through this section, pay special attention to Paul’s use of the great three theological virtues (faith, hope, and love) and the role they play in the life of a mature Christian community.
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Colossians 2:8-3:11

Paul does not say that the use of shadows, observances, or symbols is wrong so long as we don’t mistake them for the true reality of Christ who is the true image of God.
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Colossians 3:12-4:18

As you read through these verses, think of how verses 4:5-6 should govern our lives with others.
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