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Mobile Ed: NT348 Book Study: Paul's Letters to the Colossians and Philemon (5 hour course - audio)

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Join Dr. Constantine Campbell as he explores the theology and themes of Colossians and Philemon. Discover the implications of the Christ hymn in Col 1:15–20, which Dr. Campbell calls “the most profound Christological statement in the New Testament.” See how Paul addresses the “Colossian heresy,” as well as social and ethical issues like slavery and reconciliation. Through Dr. Campbell’s verse by verse commentary and engaging exposition you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how Christians are called to live and what spiritual maturity looks like.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Colossians

  • Overview of Colossians
  • Comparing Colossians with Ephesians
  • Colossians: Structure
  • Colossians: Background
  • Locating Colossae with the Atlas Tool
  • Colossians: Themes
  • Searching for Prepositional Phrases in Colossians
  • Christ’s Sufficiency and Supremacy

Unit 2: Theological Instruction (Col 1:1–2:23)

  • Address (Col 1:1–2)
  • Identifying the Groups Paul Addresses in Colossians 1:1–2
  • Thanksgiving (Col 1:3–8)
  • Prayer (Col 1:9–14)
  • Christ Hymn, Part 1 (Col 1:15–17)
  • Exploring All Hymns in the New Testament
  • Christ Hymn, Part 2 (Col 1:18–20)
  • Impact of the Gospel (Col 1:21–23)
  • Revelation of Christ (Col 1:24–27)
  • Paul’s Ministry: Goals (Col 1:28–29)
  • Paul’s Ministry: Desires (Col 2:1–5)
  • Paul’s Ministry: Summary (Col 1:21–2:5)
  • Growing in Christ Alone (Col 2:6–8)
  • Participation in Christ (Col 2:9–12)
  • Results of Participation in Christ (Col 2:13–15)
  • Colossians: Application for Today
  • Confronting the Heresy (Col 2:16–19)
  • False Rules (Col 2:20–23)
  • Summary of Paul’s Attack on the Heresy
  • Union with Christ in Colossians

Unit 3: Practical Instruction (Col 3:1–4:18)

  • Living in the Resurrection (Col 3:1–4)
  • Examining Paul’s Use of First Class Conditional Statements
  • Setting Aside the Old (Col 3:5–11)
  • Putting on the New (Col 3:12–14)
  • Investigating Biblical Teaching on Forgiveness
  • Living in Peace (Col 3:15–17)
  • Summary (Col 3:1–17)
  • Wives and Husbands (Col 3:18–19)
  • Determining the Significance of the Phrase “In the Lord”
  • Complementarianism (Col 3:18–19)
  • Children and Parents (Col 3:20–21)
  • Slaves and Masters (Col 3:22–4:1)
  • The New Testament and Slavery
  • Prayer and Speech (Col 4:2–6)
  • Final Greetings (Col 4:7–18)
  • Preaching from Colossians

Unit 4: Philemon

  • Introducing Philemon
  • Opening Greeting (Philemon 1–3)
  • Thanksgiving (Philemon 4–7)
  • Preamble to Paul’s Appeal (Part 1, Philemon 8–12)
  • Researching Paul’s Use of Endearing Terms
  • Preamble to Paul’s Appeal (Part 2, Philemon 13–16)
  • Paul’s Request (Philemon 17–22)
  • Closing Greetings and Blessing (Philemon 23–25)
  • Philemon and Brotherhood in Christ
  • Preaching from Philemon


  • Final Words

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About Constantine R. Campbell

Dr. Constantine R. Campbell is associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Colossians and Philemon: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor, 2013); Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study (Zondervan, 2012), which won the 2014 Christianity Today Book Award in Biblical Studies; and numerous other books.