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Friday, January 15, 2021
Transforming Hearts, Conforming to Christ

Philemon & Colossians

The West Houston and North Houston Bible Studies studied the books of Philemon and Colossians in the Spring of 2010.  Links to notes for each lesson are in the table below.
Philemon Theme: "Receive and Restore the Runaway Brother"
"I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains… I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart… For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me" (Phm. vv. 10, 12, 15-17, NKJV).
Colossians Theme: "The Sufficiency and Supremacy of Christ"
"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence… For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power" (Col. 1:16-18; 2:9-10, NKJV).
 West Houston  North Houston  Lesson Title 
1  January 6, 2010  January 7, 2010  Thank God for Philemon 1-7
2  January 20, 2010  January 21, 2010  The Onesimus Affair 8-25
Lesson  West Houston  North Houston  Lesson Title   Colossians  
3  February 3, 2010  February 4, 2010  Thank God for the Colossians  1:1-8
4  February 17. 2010   February 11, 2010   Paul's Prayer for the Colossians 1:9-14
5  March 3, 2010  March 4, 2010  The Preeminence of Christ 1:15-20
6  March 17, 2010  March 18, 2010  Christ in You, the Hope of Glory 1:21-29
7  March 31, 2010  April 1, 2010  Hidden Treasure in Christ 2:1-7
8  April 14, 2010  April 15, 2010  Christ's Triumph Over the World   2:8-15 
9  April 28, 2010  April 29, 2010  Living in Christ  2:16-23 
10  May 12, 2010  May 13, 2010  Off with the Old Man  3:1-9
11  May 26, 2010  June 3, 2010  On with the New Man 3:10-17
12  June 9, 2010  June 10, 2010  Christian Relationships  3:18-4:6 
13  June 23, 2010  June 24, 2010  Meet the Church  4:7-18
The above notes are excerpted from commentaries listed in the Schedule. They have been organized and edited together into a composite narrative, but they do not represent original material, phraseology, or ideas. I am indebted to the cited authors for their careful exegesis and explanation of the original and English texts of Philemon and Colossians. DSB