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.
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.