Christ Supreme: A Study In Colossians

Only A Few

Colossians 4:10-11 — “These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God…” When Paul was under house arrest in Rome, there were only three men from a Jewish background who stood with him and participated in his ministry. These three were a great encouragement to Paul and in this lesson we get to know them…

Beloved Brothers

Colossians 4:7-9 — Paul’s letters always end with a greeting or a series of greetings. Some, like the letter to the Colossians, have an extensive list of names and some personal messages. In the closing section of Colossians, ten individuals are mentioned and in this study we consider the first two — Tychicus and Onesimus. Paul…

Always Speaking With Grace

Colossians 4:6 — In this verse the Apostle Paul gives a very simple command concerning the way we communicate. All of our interactions are to be characterised by grace. It’s an understatement to say that we find this difficult – our speech is often what gets us into trouble!  In this brief lesson, we think about…

Evangelistic Prayer

Colossians 4:2-4 — Even the great Apostle Paul requested prayer for his ministry. He knew he needed Divine help in fulfilling the call upon His life. In asking the Colossians for prayer, Paul gives us a pattern to follow. This is how we are to pray for the advance of the Gospel at home and around…

When The New Man Is The Master

Colossians 4:1 — “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” This is the final command in the Household Code and it is addressed to masters, that is, to slave-owners. Thankfully, slavery no longer exists as a formal legal institution in our society…

The New Man At Work – Part 2

Colossians 3:22-25 — New life in Christ is to be lived out in every sphere of life. In this text the Apostle Paul describes what this looks like in the workplace. For the Christian, there is a new way of working (v.22) and a new way of thinking about our work (v.23) – we saw this in…

The New Man At Work – Part 1

Colossians 3:22-25 — We spend a significant portion of our lives at work and sometimes our job is difficult, dull and even dispiriting. Thankfully, the Lord gives us guidance and encouragement and this is what we come to in our study through Paul’s letter to the Colossians. The Holy Spirit, through Paul’s pen, tells us how…

A Vital Word For Parents

Colossians 3:21 — “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” How can we as parents provoke our children? What happens when they are discouraged? Are we raising discouraged children? These are serious questions that this text causes us to ask. In this short Bible study there is a vitally important message for…

Obedient Children

Colossians 3:20 — As we continue our study of the Household Code we come to the command addressed to children. In this short lesson we consider Paul’s instruction in light of God’s Law and the example of God’s Son. Jesus “learned obedience” and it was difficult, just as it is for children today!

An Unusual Husband

Colossians 3:19 — “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” This was a very unusual command in the Greco-Roman world of the First Century. Pederasty and prostitution flourished in these ancient societies. It was not uncommon for a man to have a wife but also to engage in these sexual practices. So…