August 2019 Postgraduate Unit

August 2019 Postgraduate Unit

TOPIC: Colossians and Philemon (NT741i)
WHAT: A postgraduate semester length unit covered in one week of lectures, with pre-reading/assignments completed at home
WHEN: Lecture Week: 8.30am - 2.30pm, Monday 12 - Friday 16 August 2019
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
WHO: Those with a prior theological degree
LECTURER: Dr Alan Thompson
ENROL BY: Friday 12 July 2019

Paul’s letter to the Colossians has long been one of the most loved letters in the New Testament for Christians. It has the wonderful combination of teaching about the greatness of the Lord Jesus as well as application for Christian living, and all within four succinct chapters! The perennial temptation to minimise the person of Christ and find strength for Christian living elsewhere means that this letter continues to teach and challenge us today.

In this unit we’ll look at the ancient context of Colossae and the challenges that faced the Christians there. We will cover the details of the texts of both Colossians and Philemon as well as unpack the broad themes of what the letters say about the supremacy of Christ, the nature of the church, the power of the Gospel, the Christ-centred Christian life, and the threats to finding all we need in Christ.

More information on this intensive unit

If you are interested in this unit, please feel free to contact our registrars for a unit outline on 02 9747 4780 or email.


The Master of Arts (Theology/Ministry) is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop your ministry skills and facilitate further theological contemplation. Based on coursework, a feature of the Master of Arts (MA) is the opportunity to do assessments that have direct relevance to your current ministry involvement.

Most MA units are completed in intensive study mode. This includes a week of face-to-face lectures and discussions at SMBC, with pre-reading beforehand and assignments completed afterwards at home. A majority of MA students are active in ministry, whether in Australia or overseas, providing an ideal classroom environment to benefit from the experiences of others and build networks for ministry support.

(Please note that that will be changes to this ACT course in 2020)

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