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Colossians 4:7-18  — Closing Greetings

Colossians 4:7-18 — Closing Greetings

BIG IDEA: UNION WITH CHRIST MANIFESTS ITSELF IN PRECIOUS BONDS OF FELLOWSHIP WITH THOSE WHO LABOR WITH US IN THE GOSPEL MINISTRYINTRODUCTION: cf. heavy emphasis on personal greetings and close fellowship – more so than any other epistle except Romanscommends those who...
Colossians 3:22 – 4:1  — Godly Work Relationships

Colossians 3:22 – 4:1 — Godly Work Relationships

BIG IDEA: UNION WITH CHRIST MANIFESTS ITSELF IN GODLY WORK RELATIONSHIPS OF ACCOUNTABILITYINTRODUCTIONWhat is the difference in our culture between employers and employees and in the NT culture of masters and slaves?To what extent are these principles binding on us...
Colossians 3:18-21  — Godly Family Relationships

Colossians 3:18-21 — Godly Family Relationships

BIG IDEA: UNION WITH CHRIST MANIFESTS ITSELF IN GODLY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS OF ACCOUNTABILITYINTRODUCTIONPaul starts to deal with practical areas of family relationships – always dealing first with the subordinate member in the relationship and then offering some...
Colossians 3:12-17  — The Perfect Bond of Unity

Colossians 3:12-17 — The Perfect Bond of Unity

BIG IDEA: THE KEY TO HARMONY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST IS:- BEING CHRISTLIKE IN OUR CHARACTER AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER- BEING PRODUCTIVE IN MINISTERING THE WORD TO ONE ANOTHER- BEING MOTIVATED BY A DESIRE TO PLEASE HIM IN EVERYTHING(AND BEING THANKFUL THROUGHOUT...
Colossians 3:1-11  — Focus and Follow Through

Colossians 3:1-11 — Focus and Follow Through

BIG IDEA: THE KEY TO SPIRITUALITY IS LIVING OUT OUR UNION WITH CHRISTINTRODUCTIONPaul now makes the transition from the more doctrinal section of Chapters 1-2 where he had been teaching the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ and warning against false approaches to...
Colossians 2:16-23  — Freedom from Bondage and Condemnation

Colossians 2:16-23 — Freedom from Bondage and Condemnation

BIG IDEA: UNION WITH CHRIST HAS FREED US FROM THE BONDAGE AND CONDEMNATION OF THE FALSE ISMS(WHICH CLAIM TO BE THE PATHWAY TO SPIRITUALITY)INTRODUCTIONFollows along with theme introduced in vs. 16 — “See to it that no one takes you captive”“Therefore” – points...
Colossians 2:8-15  — Complete in Christ (Christ + Nothing)

Colossians 2:8-15 — Complete in Christ (Christ + Nothing)

BIG IDEA: THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST PROTECTS US AGAINST FALSE TEACHINGINTRODUCTIONHave we truly grasped the concept that we are complete in Christ?That He is sufficient for everything we will ever need?Why should we ever be attracted by empty philosophies that attempt...
Colossians 2:1-7  — Deep and Strong

Colossians 2:1-7 — Deep and Strong

BIG IDEA: PAUL’S PASSION FOR PROTECTING THE SAINTS AGAINST DECEPTION — FOCUSED HIS MINISTRY ON ENCOURAGING DEPTH AND STABILITY IN CHRISTINTRODUCTIONLots of shallow Christianity today. Easy for people to be blown about by every wind of doctrine;to be confused and...
Colossians 1:24-29  — Passion for Proclaiming Christ

Colossians 1:24-29 — Passion for Proclaiming Christ

BIG IDEA: PAUL’S PASSION FOR PROCLAIMING JESUS CHRIST DROVE HIM TOFULFILL HIS CALLING TO SACRIFICIALLY MINISTER TO THE GENTILESINTRODUCTIONActs 9:4-6;15-16 – What was Paul’s ordained ministry? His Calling? His special role in the Body of Christ? Paul’s reflection back...
Colossians 1:15-23  — The Preeminence of Christ

Colossians 1:15-23 — The Preeminence of Christ

BIG IDEA: CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF:- HIS POSITION OF HEADSHIP- AND HIS WORK OF RECONCILIATION(WITH RESPECT TO ALL OF CREATION AND TO THE CHURCH)I. (:18b) THESIS: “so that He himself might come to have first place in everything”Def.: “having...
Colossians 1:1-14  — Introduction

Colossians 1:1-14 — Introduction

BIG IDEA: PAUL INTRODUCES HIS STABILIZING TEACHING TO THE COLOSSIANS WITH THANKSGIVING, A REMINDER, AND A PRAYER ON THEIR BEHALF(:1-2) GREETINGA. Author 1. Paul – The Authority of Leadership – His Divine Calling a. Based on his elevated office = “apostle of Jesus...