Colossians Part I - Grace and Peace (1:1-2)
This morning we begin to study the book of Colossians. As we do so it is imperative for us to remember that while Colossians was not written to us, it was written for us. Consequently, many of the specific issues that the Colossian church faced will not be issues we are facing. However, everything that is written to them has application for us, instructing and directing us as the people of God. In order to derive that benefit from the letter, we have to understand its author, its original audience, and its purpose. And it is these three things that the opening words of the epistle help us understand.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.