Colossians and Philemon: The Pre-Eminence of Christ Above All Things

One semester, 4 or 6 credit points (300 or 400 pages reading, and reading report)  25 contact hours.
This is taught as part of Ridley’s MA Gold program and may only be taken by those enrolled in the ACT MA degree or nested awards (GradCert or GradDip).
No exams. 3000 word Exegesis, 2,500 word sermon. 1500 word homiletical rationale and evaluation.
To be advised. Contact the College Registrar to indicate your expression of interest registrar@ridley.edu.au
Mike Bird

Reading Colossians is like walking into a Cathedral and hearing Bach himself playing at the organ. It stands theologically between Galatians and Ephesians, combining Paul’s robust proclamation of divine grace in combination with a majestic vision of Jesus Christ as the head over all things. Colossians has much to teach us in every age about bearing fruit to God, walking in wisdom, and struggling in fruitfulness.  This subject will give you a greater appreciation of Paul’s view of Christ, a better awareness of the historical issues surrounding ancient slavery and household codes, a firmer grasp on the theological texture of these letters, and a personal challenge to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


  1. Authorship, provenance and date
  2. Recent developments in Pauline scholarship
  3. Relationship to Ephesians
  4. Religion in the Lycus Valley & Archaeology of Colossae.
  5. Colossians heresy
  6. Paul and slavery
  7. Household codes
  8. Exegesis of each chapter
  9. Preaching Colossians today


Provide a detailed exegesis of the selected passage (minimum 15 versus) exhibiting critical engagement with scholarship (3000 words).

Prepare a sermon based on the selected passage.

Homiletical rationale and evaluation
Provide a detailed explanation and justification of the homiletical approach taken in the sermon. Discuss the pastoral context. Explain the process of sermon development. Provide a justification for your application. Evaluate of the sermon’s effectiveness.


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