The Message of Colossians & Philemon, By Dick Lucas
The Message of Colossians & Philemon
  • Length: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: December 22, 2020
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1998
  • ISBN: 9780830819980

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Even healthy churches are never completely immune to the intellectual and spiritual pressures of their time. The church in Colossae was no exception. False teaching shaped by the spirit of the age was rising within the community, suggesting that a fuller knowledge and freedom was available beyond what ordinary Christians had experienced. Paul’s response was adamant: all God's fullness is in Christ alone, and everyone who is in Christ shares in his triumph.

The epistle to the Colossians is filled with teachings and warnings that are relevant to the church in every era. In this revised Bible Speaks Today volume, Dick Lucas identifies key themes of Paul's letter and considers applications for today. Guiding readers through each passage, Lucas explores the great truths of the faith packed into Colossians: freedom, victory over evil, knowledge of God, unity, and other aspects of the riches available in Christ.

This new edition of a classic BST volume includes a new interior design, lightly updated language, and updated Scripture quotations throughout.


General preface
Author’s preface

The letter to the Colossians
1. But why did he write? (1:1–2)
2. True Christians and the true gospel (1:3–8)
3. Be filled for this (1:9–14)
4. Christ, supreme Lord and sufficient Saviour (1:15–20)
5. Stable and steadfast (1:21–23)
6. Apostolic ministry (1:24–29)
7. Apostolic concerns (2:1–5)
8. This way ahead (2:6–7)
9. No return to slavery (2:8–15)
10. Shadows and substance (2:16–17)
11. Dealing with robbers (2:18–19)
12. Why submit? (2:20–23)
13. The Christian and Christ (3:1–8)
14. The Christian and the local church (3:9–17)
15. The Christian at home (3:18–21)
16. The Christian at work (3:22—4:1)
17. The Christian and the outsider (4:2–6)
18. Final greetings and instructions (4:7–18)

The letter to Philemon
From slavery to freedom (1–25)

Study guide


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Dick Lucas served for many years as rector of St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London. His books include The Message of Colossians & Philemon and Teaching John.