It can be unpopular in today's culture for Christians to stand on the fact that Jesus is the only way. False teachings against Christ are not new. The Colossian church faces the same threats. When Paul learned of this danger, he wrote a message of warning to the church. Colossians is filled with dramatic and powerful passages paired with rich instructions that defend Christ's deity and His sufficiency to reconcile men to God. Paul's message is a reminder that believers, then and now, are complete in Christ.
Paul wrote a letter to Philemon, a prominent member of the Colossian church. In his letter, Paul urges Philemon to forgive a former slave and welcome him back as a brother in Christ. Through this real life situation, Paul teaches Philemon, as well as believers today, the value of forgiveness.
The MacArthur Bible Studies offer insightful examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide includes extensive commentary, detailed observations on over arching themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with direction from John MacArthur.
- Introduction to Colossians
- The Gospel of Truth (Colossians 1:1-8)
- Paul Prays for the Colossians (Colossians 1:9-14)
- Christ's Preeminence (Colossians 1:15-23)
- Paul's View of Ministry (Colossians 1:24-29)
- Christ over Philosophies (Colossians 2:1-10)
- Christ over Legalism (Colossians 2:11-23)
- Christian Conduct (Colossians 3:1-17)
- The Christian Home (Colossians 3:18-21)
- Masters and Slaves (Colossians 3:22—4:1)
- The Speech of the New Man (Colossians 4:2-6)
- With a Little Help from My Friends (Colossians 4:7-18)
- Introduction to Philemon
- The Power of Forgiveness (Philemon 1-25)