Prison Epistles

Analysis of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon, all written while the author was in chains. Attention will focus on the light these letters throw on Paulís life and thought, as well as on the abiding challenge of their message


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I. Course Description:

1) A critical introduction and an expositional study of Ephesians,  Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.

2)This course assists the student in an analytical and expository study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon in terms of structure and content with particular emphasis given to the relation of Christ to the Church.

Objectives of the Course

As a result of his experiences in this course, the student should be able to:

1. Show he knows the content of the Prison Epistles through his performance on the exams.

2. Demonstrate an ability to do independent research by completing the reading assignment and

reporting on it.

3. Project an attitude of intent to practice the teachings of the books of the Bible studied here through

his daily conduct on campus and elsewhere.

4. Manifest skills in teaching the truths learned here in weekly Christian service activities.


II. Course Objectives:

The student will become familiar with introductory matters and current issues related to the study of the Prison Epistles, acquainted with the principal exegetical and theological issues in the Prison Epistles, able to develop Biblically sound positions on these issues, and preach from the Prison Epistles.

IV. Written Assignments:

1) 5 page Essay on the Prison Epistles  

2) Two topical sermon outlines, one from Philippians and one from any other Prison Epistle.

3) Two textual sermon outlines, one from Colossians and one from Philemon.

4) An expository sermon outline from Ephesians.

5) 10 page Theology Paper on the Prison Epistles

Sermon outlines are to be 2-3 typed pages, double spaced

V. Exams:

An exam will be given after each book has been studied.

95-100 = A 93-94 = A- 
91-92 = B+ 88-90 = B 86-87 = B- 
84-85 = C+ 80-83 = C 78-79 = C-
76-77 = D+ 72-75 = D 70-71 = D-
Below 70 = F


Required Reading (download books)

St Chrysostom-Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon

(Read the prison epistles commentaries )

Read Material  and listen to lectures at Ephesus Site

Art Works for the Prison Epistles



God's Eternal Purposes for Man in Christ


Spiritual Blessings in Christ


Christ Elevated


Jews and Gentiles - One in Christ


Practical Cosequences


Unity in the Body of Christ


Living As Children of Light


Home and Family


Concluding Personal Message



Christ Elevated


The Attitude of Christ


The Resurrection of the Body



Rules for Holy Living


Home and Family


Prayer and Kindness


Tychicus and Onesimus




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