Prison Epistles Lesson 16

Introduction to Colossians
Colossians 1:1-2

Key Truth of Colossians:

[15] He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. (Colossians 1:15-18 ESV)

What Colossians teaches about Jesus

Outline of Colossians

  1. Doctrine: Christ’s Pre-eminence is Declared. (Chapter One)
    1. In the gospel message (Colossians 1:1-12)
    2. In redemption (Colossians 1:13-14)
    3. In creation (Colossians 1:15-17)
    4. In the church (Colossians 1:18-23)
    5. In Paul’s own ministry (Colossians 1:24-29)
  2. Danger:  Christ’s Pre-eminence is Defended. (Chapter Two)
    1. Beware of empty philosophies (Colossians 2:1-10)
    2. Beware of Judaistic ceremonialism (Colossians 2:11-17)
    3. Beware of man-made disciplines (Colossians 2:18-23)
  3. Duty:  Christ’s Pre-eminence is Demonstrated (Chapters Three and Four)
    1. In personal purity (Colossians 3:1-11)
    2. In brotherly relations (Colossians 3:12-17)
    3. In the home (Colossians 3:18-21)
    4. In daily work (Colossians 3:22-4:1)
    5. In sharing the gospel (Colossians 4:2-6)
    6. In serving one another (Colossians 4:7-18)