A Study Of Colossians

This is a study of the book of Colossians used at the New Hope Baptist Institute in Phnom Penh.  All of the my studies through books of the Bible have used the Socratic method.  However, I found it necessary to explain the false teaching that Paul was dealing with in Colossians, so the students would have a better understanding of how Paul was correcting them.  I have done my best to explain the heresy in Colosse, however not everyone agrees exactly what that heresy was.

My Offer:
A copy of the Colossians study is attached here to use (or not use) however you see fit.  Complete study of Collossians English
You are welcome to delete or add whatever you like.
The Khmer translation is here.  Study of Colossians_ Khmer

My instructions:
Keep in mind that this study was written for Cambodians and based on the Khmer Bible.  If you are using this study with a language other than Khmer, then you may need to edit it accordingly.  This is not a  discipleship book.  This is a Bible study help.  National pastors, preacher-boys, and those serious about studying the Bible would be the best candidates.

A set of highlighters would be very helpful; yellow, pink, green, blue, and orange.

Assignments are numbered and meant to be done in order, one at a time.

The necessary Bible texts are attached to both the Khmer and English document.  I want the student to have a copy of the text that they feel free to mark on as much as they want.  Maps are attached to the Khmer study but not the English.

Two tests are attached to the back of the Khmer study.  (English speakers, please forgive me. No test in English.) 🙂   The first test is just to find out if they have been reading the text as many times as they should.  Open book is fine.  After getting through the first ten or eleven assignments, they should be able to pass the first test pretty easily.  The second test was used as a final.  Next time around, I would make the test harder and require the students to give an oral report/speech.

Reading the text multiple times is intentional.  This process will impress upon the student the overall content and tone of the book.  Though the student may not be able to verbalize these concepts, multiple readings will enable them to answer questions about these topics.  The concepts start to become embedded in the student’s heart and mind, even though they are not clearly understood.  The section about the author and recipients is intentionally not at the beginning.  I want the student to have a good “feel”  for the book before answering any questions.

This booklet could be used in a “correspondence” fashion, however, I feel that a teacher/mentor would increase the effectiveness of this study help.  Having said that, please emphasize to the student that the Holy Spirit teaches them the Bible better than any man ever could.

My Request:
If you change something, then I would love to know what it is. I may want to change it too!  Please print and make copies yourself.  I would rather not publish nor sell it.
This is not an explanation of Colossians.  It does not answer nor ask all of the questions that students should be asking.  You will notice that some of the questions lead the student to a predetermined conclusion.  You may or may not agree with all of these predetermined conclusions, and I request the right to disagree with myself at a later date if I so desire. 🙂
If there is anything in the study that seems impossible for your student to understand, then please share that with me.

You may contact me at:  rodneyruppel@gmail.com

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