Talks for Growing Christians
The Salutation of Paul’s Letter to the Church at Colosse
Lesson Number 1
- All Christians are “saints” and “brethren.”
- Let’s remember our two spheres of life.
- Who authored the book of Colossians, and why was he called an apostle?
- Who was this person prior to his apostleship? How did he change?
- Name the four prison epistles. Why are they called prison epistles?
- Where did the Colossian church meet?
- Who reported to Paul about the state of the church at Colosse?
- What was the good news? What was the bad news?
- What was the primary purpose of the letter to the Colossians?
- Paul; he was made an apostle by the sovereign will of God.
- He was Saul, a persecutor of Christians, a prominent Pharisee. He became Paul, a willing bond-slave of Jesus Christ. See Acts 9.1-6.
- Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. They were written during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment.
- In Philemon’s house.
- The good news: the church was growing in numbers, in faith and in love. The bad news: there was false teaching about Christ in Colosse.
- To keep the Colossians believers from being taken in by false teaching. To help the church mature and be steadfast in the faith.
- What is a saint? Search the Scriptures for definitions and examples. What does it mean to be a faithful brother?
- Name the two spheres of the brethren. What happens when one sphere is emphasized disproportionately? If the physical sphere is overemphasized, there is a tendency to become worldly; if the spiritual sphere is overemphasized, there is a tendency to be unaware or uncaring of earthly responsibilities.
- Consider your claim to sainthood, both in position and in practice. Consider also the balance of spheres in your life, listing examples in each sphere.
- “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ” Colossians 1:2