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Colossians & Philemon: New Life in Christ, Catholic Perspectives
Loyola Press / Paperback
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Colossians is an open letter from St. Paul (or one of his disciples) to the Christian communities at Colossae and Laodicia because he fears that the Christians there may be falling for some teachings that threaten to compromise their Christian faith. He preaches the gospel to them, and then gives instructions about Christian behavior. The letter to Philemon asks him to do something he would have found extremely difficult: to forgive his dishonest runaway slave. Paul's profound teachings about Christ, if believed and applied to our lives, could change all our human relationships.
Questions for reflectionand/or discussion, background notes, and an "Approach to Prayer" are included along with "Living Tradition" and "Saints in the Making" sections which offer thoughts and experiences of Christians past and present. Sessions take about an hour and a half. The Bible text to be studied is also included.
In Colossians and Philemon, two short but important letters of Paul, the gospel message is applied to Christians' everyday problems. Colossians/Philemon: New Life in Christ in an excellent way to introduce people to the letters of Paul while demonstrating the relevancy of Paul's message for people today.
A Guided Discovery of the Bible
The Bible invites us to explore Gods word and reflect on how we might respond to it. To do this, we need guidance and the right tools for discovery. The Six Weeks with the Bible series of Bible discussion guides offers both in a concise six-week format. Whether focusing on a specific biblical book or exploring a theme that runs throughout the Bible, these practical guides in this series provide meaningful insights that explain Scripture while helping readers make connections to their own lives. Each guide
• is faithful to Church teaching and is guided by sound biblical scholarship
• presents the insights of Church fathers and saints
• includes questions for discussion and reflection
• delivers information in a reader-friendly format
• gives suggestions for prayer that help readers respond to Gods word
• appeals to beginners as well as to advanced students of the Bible
By reading Scripture, reflecting on its deeper meanings, and incorporating it into our daily life, we can grow not only in our understanding of Gods word, but also in our relationship with God.
LaVonne Neff is a writer, an editor, and a publishing consultatnt who lives and works near Chicago. Her published books include One of a Kind, The Jesus Book, and The Gift of Faith. She holds a master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago.
Kevin Perrotta is an award-winning Catholic journalist and a former editor of Gods Word Today. In addition to the Six Weeks with the Bible series, he is the author of Invitation to Scripture and Your One-Stop Guide to the Bible. Perrotta lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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