‘As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and
established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.’ (Colossians 2:6-7)
If you have completed Bible Month in your church or circuit, we
hope that it has been an encouraging and stimulating month for
you. We’d love to get your feedback on the month, so please do
get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look out for Bible Month 2020, on the book of Ruth.
For churches that wish to complement the readings from Colossians
with a gospel reading, the following passages can be used.
Week Colossians Gospel
1 1:1-23 Luke 1:67-79
2 1:24-2:15 Luke 9:28-36
3 2:16-3:17 Luke 12:22-34
4 3:18-4:18 Luke 17:1-10
As well as exploring Colossians through the Bible
Notes, it can be helpful to read and reflect on
commentaries and studies, such as the following:
Introductory: Derek Tidball, Colossians and Philemon. Really
Useful Guides. Abingdon: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2018.
Intermediate: Charles H. Talbert Ephesians and Colossians.
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2007.
Advanced: James D. G. Dunn The Epistle to the Colossians
and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGNTC.
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996.
We encourage churches that have taken part in a Bible Month to consider ways in which they might continue to engage with Scripture
beyond the month. Helpful resources include:
The Bible Course: an 8-session course that can help participants explore the ‘big picture’ of the Bible.
The Community Bible Experience: a great tool for reading the Bible together in community.
Holy Habits: Biblical Teaching: this ‘missional discipleship’ resource for churches explores the ‘holy habit’ of biblical teaching.
Navigate: five interactive sessions designed to help young people explore and engage with the Bible.
(Free to download at www.methodist.org.uk/navigate) For further resources, visit www.preachweb.org/biblemonth
Unless otherwise noted, all biblical quotations are from:
New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition,
copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education
of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the
United States of America. Used by permission. All rights
Many thanks to Professor James D. G. Dunn for writing the Bible Notes for the
magazine, and also to the Methodist Church Children, Youth and Family team for
producing the section of ideas for children, young people and intergenerational
church. Thanks too to CPO for their design and production of the magazine, and
for all who continue to support and run Bible Month within their churches.
The Bible Month Planning Group
(Bob Bartindale, Amelia Gosal, Ed Mackenzie, and Rochelle Owusu-Antwi)