Resources for Colossians Bible Study
Last updated on September 21, 2021 at 8:29:10 PM

Session #2 - September 21, 2021

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Resources
ACTS
A–Adoration          C–Confession          T-Thanksgiving          S-Supplication

Outline       
1:1-14         The Fruit of the Gospel
1-2 Greeting
1-14 Thanksgiving & Prayer

3-4 Paul & the Prison Epistles – The Smart Guide to the Bible Series; by Kathy Collard Miller; Thomas Nelson
When we are concerned about someone, especially if we fear they are starting to turn away from God, our natural tendency is to tell them everything they are doing wrong and what they should change. But Paul didn’t do that here... People are most encouraged to do the right thing when we express gratitude for them... Giving thanks and even letting the person know how we are thanking God for them could do more to influence good behavior than constantly
telling them the right thing to do.

7-8
Paul doesn’t mind giving credit where credit is due. He wasn’t the “spiritual father” of those believers like he was with so many other groups he wrote to, like the Philippians. He couldn’t take credit for their growth. But instead of being jealous of someone else who was having an impact, he gladly credited Epaphras... Jealousy and envy are Satan’s tools for dividing the body of Christ.

12-14 The Mighty & The Mysterious: A Study of Colossians by Heidi Goehmann; Concordia Publishing House
IN CHRIST, YOU ARE ENOUGH
We live in a world full of thumbs-up emojis. We also live in a world of “Do more, be better, you don’t know enough.” We need to hear the truth over and over again. Listen to these words. They are true for you, as they were for the Colossians: In Christ, you are enough. It’s spiritually and emotionally grounding to remember the truth: WE ARE ENOUGH IN CHRIST.
Paul gives thanks for the Colossians because of who they are in connection to Christ...
Paul prays that they give thanks for one another for the same reason: they share an identity; they have been qualified by God in Christ. This is the foundation of their relationship as believers, and it informs their worldview as they share life together... 
We can map the passage like this:
QUALIFIED – DELIVERED – TRANSFERRED – REDEEMED – FORGIVEN


Questions for Personal Reflection
Colossians & Philemon: 8 Studies for Individuals and Groups: N.T. Wright For Everyone Bible Study Guides; InterVarsity Press
Look over Paul’s prayer in verses 9-12. What would it mean for someone to pray these things for you? Think of specific areas where you need those prayers. 

Who do you know that needs your prayers modeled on verses 9-12?


The climax of Paul’s prayers is that young Christians will learn the art of thanksgiving. What Paul most wants to see growing in the church as a sign of healthy Christian life on the way to maturity, is gratitude to God for the extraordinary things He’s done in Jesus and the remarkable things He is continuing to do in the world and in their lives. Spontaneous gratitude of this kind is a sign that they are coming to know and love the true God. When, why, and how
do you most frequently thank God?

Memory Verses
The Lutheran Study Bible, Concordia Publishing House
1:11-14 Transferred to God’s Kingdom

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Session #1 - September 14, 2021:  Introduction

Watch the recorded intro on YouTube

Resources
Colossians & Philemon: 8 Studies for Individuals and Groups: N.T. Wright For Everyone Bible Study Guides; InterVarsity Press
Interpretation (A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching): Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon by Ralph R Martin; John Knox Press
The Lutheran Study Bible; Concordia Publishing House
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Colossians & Philemon by John MacArthur; The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago
The Mighty & The Mysterious: A Study of Colossians by Heidi Goehmann; Concordia Publishing House
Paul & the Prison Epistles – The Smart Guide to the Bible Series; by Kathy Collard Miller; Thomas Nelson

Map
Below is a link to a site with maps and pictures of Colossae
https://ashleydfarmer.wordpress.com/tag/colossae/

Date & Authorship
c 60 AD                               The Lutheran Study Bible; Concordia Publishing House
Paul the Apostle            Interpretation (A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching): Ephesians, Colossians,
                                                       and Philemon by Ralph R Martin; John Knox Press

“The epistle to the Colossians belongs to a group of Pauline letters known traditionally as the Imprisonment Epistles. The reason for the name is simply the fact that four of the letters give evidence that he was “in bonds” when he wrote: Ephesians 3:1, 4:1,6:20; Colossians 4:3,10,18; Philippians 1:7,13,14; Philemon 1,9.”

Outline
Colossians & Philemon: 8 Studies for Individuals and Groups: N.T. Wright For Everyone Bible Study Guides; InterVarsity Press

1:1-14 The Fruit of the Gospel
1:15-29 Christ Supreme
2:1-7 God’s Treasure Revealed
2:8-3:4 Complete in Christ
3:5-17 Old Clothes, New Clothes
3:18-4:1 The Christian Household
4:2-18 Together in Prayer

Purpose of the Letter
The Lutheran Study Bible; Concordia Publishing House

“To guide the Colossian congregation away from heresy and into the truth about Jesus and His saving work.”

Paul & the Prison Epistles – The Smart Guide to the Bible Series; by Kathy Collard Miller; Thomas Nelson
“Paul was concerned that the Colossians were beginning to be pulled away from true faith in  Christ. Regardless of the impact of Paul’s letter, this competing philosophy would continue and eventually turn into what became known as Gnosticism. This heresy of Jewish, Greek, and pagan threads if thought that Paul contended with had these distinguishing points (although not all commentators believe that there was a definitive heresy being taught):
1. It stressed the need for observing Old Testament laws and ceremonies...
2. It taught that believers had to know some special knowledge in order to be included.
3. Angels were worshipped as mediators between men and God.
4. It believed only its own converts were true believers and they were given the distinction of
special privileges and a state of ‘perfection.’
5. It denied the deity of Christ.”

Questions for Personal Reflection
The Mighty & The Mysterious: A Study of Colossians by Heidi Goehmann; Concordia Publishing House
Possible Planks in the Raft of Our World View
            Who am I and where did I come from?
            Do I have a purpose?
            What does a healthy family look like?
            Where do things and people get their value from?
1. Take time to consider the planks in your raft – your worldview – today. How would you answer the questions listed above?
2. What are some factors that have influenced the planks of your worldview? Perhaps something you’ve been taught, something you’ve experienced, or relationships you’ve had?
Foundation of Our Worldview, According to Colossians:
Jesus is all we need for salvation.
God’s Word is all we need for understanding.

We are not alone on this pilgrimage. Jesus goes before us, and the Body of Christ – the Church – is all around us.

Memory Verses
The Lutheran Study Bible, Concordia Publishing House
1:11-14 Transferred to God’s Kingdom
1:15-20 Hymn of Christ
2:11-14 Shadow & Substance
3:1-4 Glory Above

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