Paul's Letter to the Colossians
by George Stevens, Douglas Pettman, Ernie Brown, George Bell, Gordon Kell and David Anderson; edited by John Rice
£6.50 (UK); $10.75 (USA) - available from STP or online bookshops.
- ISBN-10: 0-901860-95-6
- ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-95-8
- Price: £6.50
- Binding: Paperback
- Publication date: 1 August 2016
- Author: George Stevens, Douglas Pettman, Ernie Brown, George Bell, Gordon Kell and David Anderson
- Editor: John Rice
- Edition: 1st
- Series: Truth for Today
- Height: 216 mm
- Pages: 82 pages
- BIC Subject heading: HRCG1
- Place of publication: Crewe, England
- Publisher: Scripture Truth Publications
- Distributor: Lightning Source
For many years, the "Truth for Today" programme on London's Premier Christian Radio has been challenging and encouraging listeners with the truths of the Word of God. This book contains edited transcripts of the series on Paul's letter to the Colossians. Read, enjoy and share the authors' delight in its great subject: Christ is everything!
In this compendium of six Bible talks, first broadcast on Premier Christian Radio in June and July 2000, various members of the "Truth for Today" team consider in a practical way the message of Paul's letter to the Christians in the church at Colossae. Each speaker expounded their allotted passage as the Holy Spirit directed. Some took a verse-by-verse approach, while others a more thematic one. In bringing this collection together, the individual approaches have been retained; but, to enable the book to be used for both devotional and reference purposes, the verses under consideration are clearly indicated. George Stevens provides an overall Introduction to the letter, followed by a look at the first part of the letter, which culminates with the great statement that Christ is pre-eminent in everything. Douglas Pettman explores the subject of reconciliation, and the secret of the Church and its future with its Head. Ernie Brown opens up the simplicity of the Christian message: nothing but Christ is necessary, for Christ is everything. This has practical implications, and George Bell looks at the reality of what it means when Paul writes that Christ is our life. Gordon Kell explores the way in which service for Christ is worked out in our families and occupations. Finally, David Anderson closes the studies underlining the way in which prayer is necessary to under-pin actions and speech which testify that Christ is, indeed, everything.
Table of Contents
Introduction by George Stevens
Colossians 1:1-18 Pre-Eminence in all things by George Stevens
Colossians 1:19-2:3 Christ in you the hope of glory by Douglas Pettman
Colossians 2:4-23 You are complete in Him by Ernie Brown
Colossians 3:1-17 Christ our life by George Bell
Colossians 3:18-4:1 You serve the Lord Christ by Gordon Kell
Colossians 4:2-18 Pray, walk and talk by David Anderson
About The Authors
George Stevens is a retired schoolteacher who lives in Ipswich. He became acquainted with the Lord from a young age attending a Baptist Sunday School and Young Sowers League. During his teenage years, he attended an Anglican church. He gained assurance of salvation in a Brethren assembly in Hounslow at about the age of twenty three. He has gone on to serve the Lord in a wide variety of ways including preaching and teaching.
Douglas Pettman has always been a resident of north London. He qualified as a chartered accountant and did National Service with the army. His business years were spent first within the profession. This was followed by directorships of several companies in this country and abroad. He is now retired. He is still involved in various aspects of church life, particularly in support of missionary work around the world and at home.
Ernie Brown was born "between the wars" on Tyneside, which was then a major engineering production area. On leaving school, he received engineering training at a large engineering company there. On completion of his training, he served as a sea-going engineer with a major oil company for three years. The remaining years of his employment were spent with major energy supply companies in the North. Since retiring early from his secular employment, he has been engaged in Christian work in various parts of the UK, and occasionally abroad, as opportunity has arisen.
George Bell (1922-2004) was originally from Tyneside. His job as a college lecturer in engineering led him to West Drayton and then to Birmingham. In his later years he settled in Ipswich with his family. He was much respected for his manner of life and as a Bible teacher both locally and nationally.
Gordon Kell is much in demand as a Bible teacher, especially in dealing with practical subjects. He and his wife, June, a nurse, whom he married some 45 years ago, have long had an interest in helping and encouraging young Christians. They have one daughter and four grandchildren and live on the outskirts of Grimsby. He occasionally lectures at the New Tribes Mission and has broadcast on Truth for Today since its beginning.
David Anderson lives in Newcastle on Tyne where he attends Edgefield Gospel Hall. He is married to Gillian and they have four adult children. David worked in the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients sector of the chemical industry for 40 years as an analytical chemist, a quality manager and then as a company director before becoming a consultant. For many years, he was involved in organising children's summer camps at Fenham Farm, Northumberland. He is currently involved in preaching and teaching amongst Brethren assemblies and conferences. He also works as a tutor for UK and overseas students with Emmaus Bible School correspondence courses.
John Rice (1946-) spent his working life in IT education, management, training and consultancy. He has both a written and oral ministry, and edited "The Interpreter", a magazine for young Christians. In retirement, he is involved in digital publishing with Scripture Truth Publications, of which he is a trustee.