NT347 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

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In this course, Dr. Joshua Jipp takes you through each passage of Colossians, identifying important themes such as Christ’s work in creation and redemption, our union with Christ, and sanctification. You’ll learn from Paul how to pray God-centered prayers of thanksgiving and intercession. You’ll better understand the role that Christology plays in Paul’s argumentation and how that Christology can shape our identity each and every day. Dr. Jipp also provides background information on the church in Colossae and describes the challenges the Colossians may have been facing. He examines the genre as well—you’ll learn what an epistle is, why someone like Paul would write one, and what you should be looking for as you read.

Introduction and Background

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

1m
Basic Hermeneutical Principles

Basic Hermeneutical Principles

2m
The Author of Colossians

The Author of Colossians

5m
Finding Evidence for Pauline Authorship

Finding Evidence for Pauline Authorship

5m
The Recipients of Colossians

The Recipients of Colossians

2m
The Purpose and Form of an Epistle

The Purpose and Form of an Epistle

8m
Comparing the Introduction Sections of New Testament Epistles

Comparing the Introduction Sections of New Testament Epistles

4m

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession (Col 1:1–14)

The Contemporary Message of Colossians

The Contemporary Message of Colossians

3m
Introduction to the Letter

Introduction to the Letter

2m
Paul’s Thanksgiving

Paul’s Thanksgiving

6m
Finding All New Testament Prayers of Thanksgiving

Finding All New Testament Prayers of Thanksgiving

4m
Paul’s Intercession

Paul’s Intercession

7m

The Christ Hymn (Col 1:15–23)

The Role of Prayer in Paul’s Letters

The Role of Prayer in Paul’s Letters

2m
Christology

Christology

1m
Hymns in the New Testament and Early Christianity

Hymns in the New Testament and Early Christianity

6m
Christ’s Cosmic Work in Creation

Christ’s Cosmic Work in Creation

7m
Christ’s Cosmic Work in Redemption

Christ’s Cosmic Work in Redemption

6m
Exploring the Metaphor of “Head” in the Bible

Exploring the Metaphor of “Head” in the Bible

4m

Paul’s Ethos Argument (Col 1:24–2:5)

The Rhetorical Function of the Christ Hymn

The Rhetorical Function of the Christ Hymn

5m
Paul’s Authority

Paul’s Authority

2m
The Role of Exemplars in Religious Antiquity

The Role of Exemplars in Religious Antiquity

4m
Paul’s Vicarious Sufferings

Paul’s Vicarious Sufferings

5m
Researching Persecution in the Early Church

Researching Persecution in the Early Church

4m
Paul Proclaims God’s Mystery

Paul Proclaims God’s Mystery

7m
Paul’s Cosmic Proclamation

Paul’s Cosmic Proclamation

5m

The Heart of Paul’s Letter (Col 2:6–15)

Review and Introduction

Review and Introduction

3m
Walk in Him

Walk in Him

6m
The Thesis Statement of Colossians

The Thesis Statement of Colossians

6m
Understanding and Searching for Occurrences of Causal Clauses

Understanding and Searching for Occurrences of Causal Clauses

4m
Sharing in the Fullness of God

Sharing in the Fullness of God

10m
Finding Prepositional Phrases Related to Union with Christ

Finding Prepositional Phrases Related to Union with Christ

4m
Sharing in Christ’s Death, Burial, and Resurrection

Sharing in Christ’s Death, Burial, and Resurrection

7m

Futility and Fullness (Col 2:16–23)

The Defeat of Death, Sin, and Evil

The Defeat of Death, Sin, and Evil

3m
The Situation in Colossae

The Situation in Colossae

11m
Christology Is All You Need

Christology Is All You Need

7m

Antidote to Error (Col 3:1–16)

Asceticism and Spiritual Arrogance

Asceticism and Spiritual Arrogance

6m
Hidden with Christ

Hidden with Christ

2m
A Practical Wisdom

A Practical Wisdom

6m
Rooted in the Messiah

Rooted in the Messiah

5m
The Application of Christology

The Application of Christology

3m
The Believing Community

The Believing Community

8m
The New Humanity

The New Humanity

4m
The Characteristics of the New Community

The Characteristics of the New Community

9m

Sanctification of the Ordinary Life (Col 3:17–4:6)

Researching Paul’s Use of Positive and Negative Imperatives

Researching Paul’s Use of Positive and Negative Imperatives

4m
Life under the Lordship of Christ

Life under the Lordship of Christ

2m
The Household Codes: Part 1

The Household Codes: Part 1

7m
The Household Codes: Part 2

The Household Codes: Part 2

5m
The Household Codes: Part 3

The Household Codes: Part 3

7m

Paul and His Churches (Col 4:7–18)

The Church’s Responsibilities

The Church’s Responsibilities

5m
A Significant Ending

A Significant Ending

2m
Letters and Envoys

Letters and Envoys

4m
A Family Identity

A Family Identity

6m

The Legacy of Colossians

The Success of the Gospel

The Success of the Gospel

4m
Christology as Antidote

Christology as Antidote

8m
The Root of Christian Behavior

The Root of Christian Behavior

3m

Conclusion

A Guide for Prayer

A Guide for Prayer

4m
Prayer for You

Prayer for You

3m