Women’s Study (Thursday Evening)
The book of Colossians
Please prayerfully consider joining us for the 2018 Spring Women’s Bible Study as we do a 6 week study of the book of Colossians.
Thank God for the heretics at Colossae; because of them Paul wrote this powerful letter. Remember that to understand the book, we must relate it to its historical setting. Paul’s letters are called “occasional documents” because he was addressing local problems with universal gospel truths. The heresy at Colossae was an unusual mixture of Greek philosophy (Gnosticism) and Judaism.
The cosmic Lordship of Jesus (or to put it another way, Jesus as creator, redeemer, and Lord of all creation and its implications for Christian living) is the central theme. The Christology of this book is unsurpassed! Colossians forms the basic outline for Ephesians. Paul knew the heresy would spread in Asia minor. Colossians attacks the false teachings while Ephesians develops its central themes to prepare other churches for the coming heresy. The emphasis of Colossians is Christological while the emphasis of Ephesians is the unity of all things in Christ, who is Lord of all things.
Paul refutes legalism, both Jewish and Greek, in very powerful terms (2:6-23). Taking this letter as a model, one wonders how Paul would address modern heresies. He surely would have engaged them!
There are two senders, Paul and Timothy (Col. 1:1). However, the main author is Paul; Timothy was sending his greeting as Paul’s co-worker and possibly his scribe (amanuensus).
Classes will begin Thursday evening, April 5th at 6:30 pm, and will be repeated on Friday mornings, April 6th at 9:00 am.
We look forward to seeing each one of you. Come see what God has planned!
In His Precious Name,