Colosse was located in a beautiful valley in Asia Minor on an important trade route between Ephesus and the Far East. We don’t know when the congregation there was started. It was probably started while Paul was in Ephesus on his third missionary journey.
Paul wrote this letter from prison. A member of the congregation, Epaphras, had traveled from Colosse to Rome to ask Paul to help the Christians in Colosse with a doctrinal problem. It seems that the church was being troubled by a new philosophy. This philosophy did not deny Christ outright, but from what Paul says, it robbed Christ of his place in the Christian’s life. To some, Christ was no longer all the Christian needed.
Each Wednesday at 10:30 AM for ten weeks we’ll look at a portion of Paul’s letter. Everyone is welcome to attend these mid week studies. We’ll use Zoom for our meeting. HERE is the link.
Lesson One: Give Thanks
Give thanks for what exactly? More problems in new churches. Did Paul ever think, why bother? Was this a losing battle as God’s people kept on running into one problem after another? Let’s see what our God has to say in this important book.
Lesson Two: Blessings
How many socks do you have in your drawer? If you’re anything like me, you’ve never taken the time to count them. Like a drawer full of socks – the Apostle Paul lists off all the blessings the Colossians have been given. Let’s see if we have any in common!
Lesson Three: Nothing Else
Paul presents us with one of the most extensive treatments of Jesus found in Scripture. There is nothing above him, nothing he cannot do, and no power for faith and life he cannot give us. Everything we have as God’s people and everything we need for life and godliness can be found in him. We need nothing else.