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Colossians 1:1-14

Lesson Focus

The Apostle Paul encourages the Colossian church and reminds them that Jesus has rescued them from the power of darkness, and now they are citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Lesson Outcomes

Through this lesson, students should:

1. Be encouraged to seek being filled with the knowledge of God’s will.

2. Be encouraged to grow in our knowledge of God as we bear good fruit.

3. Be strengthened in patient endurance.

Catch up on the Story

The letter to the Colossians was probably one of the later Pauline writings. There is much debate as to who exactly wrote this letter. There are many similarities between Colossians and other undisputed Pauline texts but also many differences. At the same time, scholarly consensus agrees that it is most likely that the Apostle Paul did not write this letter. A disciple writing under the authority of a teacher was not uncommon, and it is apparent that Colossians was written by someone within the Pauline school at the very least.