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Mobile Ed: NT347 Book Study: Paul's Letter to the Colossians (4 hour course - audio)

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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.

For a collection of focused courses that will deepen your familiarity with Paul’s prodigious New Testament writing, see the Mobile Ed: Paul’s Letters Bundle (7 courses).

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction and Background

  • Basic Hermeneutical Principles
  • The Author of Colossians
  • Finding Evidence for Pauline Authorship
  • The Recipients of Colossians
  • The Purpose and Form of an Epistle
  • Comparing the Introduction Sections of New Testament Epistles
  • The Contemporary Message of Colossians

Unit 2: Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession (Col 1:1–14)

  • Introduction to the Letter
  • Paul’s Thanksgiving
  • Finding All New Testament Prayers of Thanksgiving
  • Paul’s Intercession
  • The Role of Prayer in Paul’s Letters

Unit 3: The Christ Hymn (Col 1:15–23)

  • Christology
  • Hymns in the New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Christ’s Cosmic Work in Creation
  • Christ’s Cosmic Work in Redemption
  • Exploring the Metaphor of “Head” in the Bible
  • The Rhetorical Function of the Christ Hymn

Unit 4: Paul’s Ethos Argument (Col 1:24–2:5)

  • Paul’s Authority
  • The Role of Exemplars in Religious Antiquity
  • Paul’s Vicarious Sufferings
  • Researching Persecution in the Early Church
  • Paul Proclaims God’s Mystery
  • Paul’s Cosmic Proclamation
  • Review and Introduction

Unit 5: The Heart of Paul’s Letter (Col 2:6–15)

  • Walk in Him
  • The Thesis Statement of Colossians
  • Understanding and Searching for Occurrences of Causal Clauses
  • Sharing in the Fullness of God
  • Finding Prepositional Phrases Related to Union with Christ
  • Sharing in Christ’s Death, Burial, and Resurrection
  • The Defeat of Death, Sin, and Evil

Unit 6: Futility and Fullness (Col 2:16–23)

  • The Situation in Colossae
  • Christology Is All You Need
  • Asceticism and Spiritual Arrogance

Unit 7: Antidote to Error (Col 3:1–16)

  • Hidden with Christ
  • A Practical Wisdom
  • Rooted in the Messiah
  • The Application of Christology
  • The Believing Community
  • The New Humanity
  • The Characteristics of the New Community
  • Researching Paul’s Use of Positive and Negative Imperatives

Unit 8: Sanctification of the Ordinary Life (Col 3:17–4:6)

  • Life under the Lordship of Christ
  • The Household Codes: Part 1
  • The Household Codes: Part 2
  • The Household Codes: Part 3
  • The Church’s Responsibilities

Unit 9: Paul and His Churches (Col 4:7–18)

  • A Significant Ending
  • Letters and Envoys
  • A Family Identity
  • The Success of the Gospel

Unit 10: The Legacy of Colossians

  • Christology as Antidote
  • The Root of Christian Behavior
  • A Guide for Prayer


  • Prayer for You

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About Joshua Jipp

Dr. Joshua Jipp is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His most recent scholarly work includes “Paul’s Areopagus Speech of Acts 17:16–34 as Both Critique and Propaganda” in the Journal of Biblical Literature, and Divine Visitations and Hospitality to Strangers in Luke–Acts: An Interpretation of the Malta Episode in Acts 28:1–10 (Brill). He’s currently working on a book on Pauline Christology for Fortress Press and the Two Horizons Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles for Eerdmans.