Through exegetical and expositional methodology, the four books commonly called Paul’s “prison epistles” (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) will be systematically studied. Special attention will be given to the most important themes in each of these books:
- In Ephesians: what it means to be “in Christ”; the mystery of the Church; God’s eternal plan; the believer’s walk in love contrasted with a worldly walk.
- In Philippians: how having an attitude of humility impacts unity and having a focus on the Lord impacts our daily living.
- In Colossians: the supremacy of Christ in the universe and the sufficiency of Christ in the believer’s daily walk.
- In Philemon: the picture of the believer’s acceptance in Christ; slavery vs. social justice; tact vs. manipulation.
- You will more fully understand the completeness of your position in Christ;
- You will understand how that new position in Christ affects your day-to-day living of life;
- You will more completely understand the new entity, “the Church,” and your role therein;
- You will more completely understand Paul’s role in revelation regarding this new entity;
- You will more completely understand how position relates to activity in the Christian life
This class can also be audited for $40 per credit hour.