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The Colossians Heresy

Paul answered the varios tenets of the Colossians heresy that threatened the church. This heresy was a "mixed bag," containing elements from several different heresies, some of which contradicted each other (as the chart shows).

How to pray for other Christians

  1. Be thankful for their faith and changed lives (1:3).

  2. Ask God to help them know his will (1:9).

  3. Ask God to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding (1:9).

  4. Ask God to help them live to honor and please him (1:10).

  5. Ask God to give them more knowledge of himself (1:10).

  6. Ask God to give them strength for endurance and patience (1:11).

  7. Ask God to fill them with joy and thankfulness (1:11, 12).

The Blueprint

1. What Christ has done (1:1-2:23)

2. What Christians should do (3:1-4:8)

In this letter Paul clearly teaches that Christ has paid for sin, that Christ has reconciled us to God, and that Christ gives us the pattern and the power to grow spiritually. Because in Christ lives all the fullness of God, when we learn what he is like, we see what we need to become. Since Christ is Lord over all creation, we should crown him Lord over our lives. Since Christ is the head of the body, his church, we should nurture our vital connection to him.

Titles of Christ

Colossians Overview