Valley Bible Church's Sermon Questions on The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians


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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit. For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
- Colossians 1:1-10

The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians (2003)


A. Doctrinal: Thinking Rightly (1:1-2:23)

1. Grounding the church in truth (1:1-1:29)

a. The prayer of Paul (1:1-12)

b. The person of Christ (1:13-18)

c. The work of Christ (1:19-23)

d. The church of Christ (1:24-29)

2. Guarding the church from error (2:1-2:23)

a. Let no one delude you (2:1-7)

b. Let no one deceive you (2:8-15)

c. Let no one defraud you (2:16-23)


B. Practical: Living Rightly (3:1-4:18)

1. Growing the church in our relationship with God (3:1-3:17)

a. Pursuing God with our heart and mind (3:1-4)

b. Pursing God with our will

1) What we should put aside (3:5-11)

2) What we should put on (3:12-17)

2. Guiding the church in our relationship with others (3:18-4:18)

a. Pursuing God in our family (3:18-21)

b. Pursuing God in our work (3:22-4:1)

c. Pursuing God in our world (4:2-6)

d. Pursuing God in our church (4:7-18)