Bible Text: Colossians 1:21-2:3 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Colossians: Complete in Christ If you received a letter from a man you had never met, a man who was a prisoner, accused of being a troublemaker, how would you respond? That was the situation facing the believers in Colosse. They knew that the apostle Paul had been instrumental in leading their pastor Epaphras to faith in Jesus Christ and that Epaphras had gone to Rome to consult with Paul but had not yet returned. Paul's letter was delivered by Tichycus and Onesimus, so I'm sure Paul had anticipated what was happening at Colossae. The false teachers there had been discrediting Paul and placing doubt in people's minds concerning his ministry. He used this letter to explain his ministry and to encourage the church there.