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Colossians Philemon

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Jun 9, 2009


Paul must often have felt like a mother duck guiding her ducklings to safety. He had seen the enthusiasm of the Colossian Christians but knew they had no idea of the dangers they would face. Longing for them to continue growing in faith, Paul--now stuck in prison--wrote to his young flock, affirming them, warning them of hazards and pointing them to King Jesus, the supreme one who was with them and at work in them. These eight studies on Colossians and Philemon will similarly guide us toward maturity in King Jesus, who is still at work in his people today.
This guide by Tom Wright can be used on its own or alongside his New Testament for Everyone commentary on Colossians and Philemon. It is designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world's leading New Testament scholars. Thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information all guide you or a group more deeply into God's Word. Discover how you can participate more fully in God's kingdom.
Jun 9, 2009

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  N. T. Wright, one of the most highly respected biblical scholars in the world today, is research professor emeritus of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews and senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is the author of over eighty books, including Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, and The New Testament in Its World.

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  • Most towns or districts had a synagogue and at least a small Jewish community. Don’t get drawn into it, he says. It will be a form of captivity for you.

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Getting the Most Out of Colossians and Philemon

Suggestions for Individual Study

Suggestions for Group Members

1 Colossians 1:1-14

The Fruit of the Gospel

2 Colossians 1:15-29

Christ Supreme

3 Colossians 2:1-7

God's Treasure Revealed

4 Colossians 2:8—3:4

Complete in Christ

5 Colossians 3:5-17

Old Clothes, New Clothes

6 Colossians 3:18—4:1

The Christian Household

7 Colossians 4:2-18

Together in Prayer

8 Philemon

Gracious Persuasion

Guidelines for Leaders

Praise for Colossians & Philemon

About the Authors

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We watched, holding our breath, as the mother duck left the pond at the head of her brood.

There were seven ducklings in all: four black ones and three yellow ones. They were lively and squeaky, scuttling to and fro. For days they had swum about with their mother in the little pond. Now it was time for her to take them to the nearby lake.

This meant danger. To get there they had to cross a main road and make their way through a park where dogs, cats, larger birds and several other predators would be watching. Fortunately, in this city at least, local residents are prepared for this moment and make sure that traffic comes to a stop to let the little procession pass through. They reached their destination safely. But we were left marveling at the mother’s apparent calm confidence as she led her little family through potential hazards and on to the larger world where she would then bring them up to maturity.

Paul must often have felt like a mother duck. Here he was writing to a little church in Colossae, a town about a hundred miles inland on the banks of the river Lycus in the southeast of what is now Turkey. The church was just starting up, full of energy and enthusiasm but hardly yet aware of the great dangers and problems that were to be faced.

Now as he writes this letter to the Colossians, he is in prison, most likely in Ephesus, and he can’t even be with them in person to guide them and teach them. The mother duck has to rely on instinct—her own, and that of her recently born babies—to see them through. But ordinary human instinct alone won’t get the young church through to maturity. Human instincts are important, but they remain earthbound. When people become Christians, God implants into them a new sense of his presence and love, his guiding and strengthening. This sense needs nurturing and developing. New Christians need to understand what’s happening to them, and how they must cooperate with the divine life that’s gently begun to work in them.

It’s probable that the short letter to Philemon was on its way to Colossae at the same time, since we note that the letter to the Colossians includes a mention of Philemon’s slave, Onesiumus (Colossians 4:9). Onesimus was going back to Colossae, and to Philemon’s household, along with Tychicus,

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    Long before the massive Christian Origins and the Question of God, long before "The Right Reverend Father in God, by Divine Providence Lord Bishop of Durham", we had N. T. Wright, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey. While some the later themes of Wright's theology are not fully developed by the time he penned this commentary, his lucid way of writing along with his detail-oriented exegetical style makes this an excellent guide to two of Paul's letters.Wright's goal in this small commentary is twofold:1. "To clear up potential ambiguities or obscurities, so that the reader is able to hear, as nearly as possible, what the text itself says" (10).2. "To open the reader's eyes to see the text, and those parts of Paul's thought which it reflects, as a whole, over and above the mass of detail" (10).He accomplishes both of these goals in a small sub-two-hundred page package.About a year ago, I preached through the entire book of Colossians, and this commentary was a tremendous help. Anyone who is serious about reading scripture can enjoy this book—no special training required.