Every man complete in Christ.

Act 28:16-31; 19:10; Col 1:3-8, 13-17, 28; 2:1-23; 3:1-4.

COL-23-180128 - length: 60:53 - taught on Jan, 28 2018

Class Outline:

John Farley
January 28, 2018

Every man complete in Christ

5. What was the occasion (specific situation) for the writing of the letter?

Paul wrote Colossians during his first imprisonment in Rome.

ACT 28:16-31

Paul also wrote Ephesians, Philippians and Philemon during these two years.

ACT 19:10

Epaphras founded the church at Colossae. He was a citizen of Colossae who became a disciple of Paul in Ephesus.

Later, when Paul was a prisoner, he traveled from Colossae to Rome with news about the situation in Colossae.

The good news: Epaphras told Paul about the progress of the gospel in the Lycus Valley.

He also had good news about the Colossian saints.

COL 1:3-8

The bad news was that false teaching had reared its ugly head in Colossae.

It threatened the steadfast faith of the saints there.

The heresies included worldly philosophy, legalism, mysticism, and asceticism.

The heresies were a mortal threat to the progress of the gospel, and the growth and stability of the saints.

They all required submission to
man-made rules
and regulations.

6. Why was the book written? What was the author’s purpose in writing the book?

Paul’s letter was written in response to the crisis brought on by the emergence of this deadly package of heresies.

COL 2:8-10
COL 2:20-23

7. What is the book about? What is the overall message of the book?

Let me:

remind you of the gospel you have believed,...

warn you about the deadly nature of these lies (which attempt to rob Christ of His glory),…

reveal the mystery and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ in all His supremacy, deity, and all-sufficiency,…

and rouse you to continue to grow in the faith (truth about Christ) …

and live a victorious life together by setting you mind on the things above, where Christ is.