1. Colossians 1:1-8 | 10/09/22
1. Read Colossians 1:1-8. What was Paul thankful for as he prayed for the Colossian Church?
a) What could someone praying for you be thankful for?
2. Verse 5 says their faith and love 'sprang from' the hope they had in the gospel--that their destiny in Heaven was secure. Read 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.
a) How has your understanding of the gospel influenced how you live? How has it freed you to grow and change?
b) Why does the eternal security of our salvation make a difference to us?
c) How have the 'gospel truths' of the following verses freed you to change how you live?
3. Read verse 6 and Romans 2:4. Why does grace compel us to change?
4. Read John 15:4-5. These are the verses God has used to speak to us as a church this year.
a) How do these verses reinforce the theme of Colossians - that Jesus is all we need?
b) Let's memorize these verses together.
2. Colossians 1:9-12 | 10/16/22
1. Read Colossians 1:9-12. What did Paul focus on when he prayed for the Colossian church?
a) What was Paul referring to when he started these comments by saying "For this reason..."?
2. Read verse 9. Why does the will of God not always make sense to us?
a) Why does Paul infer that knowing God's will requires spiritual wisdom and understanding? What did he mean by this?
3. Read verse 10 again.
a) What does it look like to "live a life worthy of the Lord" that "pleases him in every way"?
b) The 'knowledge of God' is a "contact-knowledge" - a personal knowledge of God that comes from a close relationship with Him. What can we do to grow in this knowledge of God?
c) Why is it so easy to have a 'knowledge of God' yet not actually know God?
4. Verses 10-12 reveal four characteristics of someone who pleases God:
- life change
- growing knowledge
- experience of God's power (literally: 'an enabling to master the glory of God')
a) Which characteristics do you see God developing in your life? Take a moment to thank and praise God for this.
b) Which characteristics are less obvious in you? What changes could you make to help grow in this/these areas?
3. Colossians 1:13-20 | 10/23/22
1. The Colossians had made Jesus just one of the many so-called gods who controlled various aspects of life, instead of the One sovereign God. How do we as Christians also compartmentalize God?
2. Read Colossians 1:13-14. Share with the group how you personally were rescued from the dominion of darkness.
4. Read Colossians 1:15. How do the rights of the firstborn in Jewish culture relate to Christ?
5. Read verse 16. What are the implications of Jesus being Creator/origin/ruling over everything in our lives?
6. Knowing we are created “for Him” and to give Him glory, how does this challenge your perspective on your work, relationships, your time, and the way you pray (be specific)?
7. Read verse 17. How does God sustain you? Think about something you’re going through now where you you feel worried about. How can you remind yourself this week that Jesus will sustain you?
4. Colossians 1:21-23 | 10/23/22
1. Read Colossians 1:21. Paul says we were enemies of God in our minds. What ways of thinking (about the way the world works, God, our behavior, and our identity) alienated us from God? Now we're Christians how can we combat each of those beliefs with the truth of the gospel?
a) Why are we still sinful?
b) How do we live out our “holiness”?
c). What is the difference between 'positional holiness' and the holiness we experience here on earth?
a) How can we overcome thoughts about our past that shame us or make us feel disqualified or alienated from the love of God?
5. What is your personal response to the invitation to be loved by God as your lover?
a) Why is it so difficult to accept God's grace - what He says about you versus what you/others would say about you?
5. Colossians 1:24-27 | 11/06/22
a) What is “still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions”?
2. The Bible teaches that we should expect suffering as a Christian (John 15:19-20, 2 Timothy 3:12). How can we tell whether we’re suffering because of the gospel, or because of our own behavior/poor decisions?
a) Is the level of our obedience to the gospel directly related to the level of our suffering for the gospel? If so, how/why?
4. Read verse 27. How does understanding that God is already at work “disclosing” the mystery of the gospel to others, encourage you to share your faith and try and make disciples personally?
6. If “Christ in you” is your certain hope of glory, how does this affect your boldness, your discipline, your priorities?
6. Colossians 1:28-2:5 | 11/13/22
a) In the context of this letter to the Colossians what is the difference between having a right, versus a responsibility, to correct other believers?
b) What is the right motivation to have before you have a conversation like that?
c) How would you handle that conversation?
2. Be honest, how you, personally, typically handle being corrected?
a) What is the Biblical way we should receive correction?
3. Read Colossians 1:28. “Admonish” has the meaning of gently coming aside to correct. How does this change your perception of correction in the church?
4. Read verse 28 again. Paul is saying that Jesus wants us to do/be better. With that in mind, how do we grow towards being “fully mature in Christ”?
5. In what ways do we sometimes resist the correction of God, or ignore other believers who admonish us?
a) Read Colossians 2:2. What does Paul say the goal of correction is in the church as a whole?
b) What difference does this make to your attitude towards correction?
6. Read Colossians 2:4. What are some of the modern-day “fine sounding arguments” floating around the church?
a) How do these false beliefs harm the church?
b) What can you do to ensure you recognize and are not deceived by false arguments that sound true?
7. Colossians 2:6-12 | 11/20/22
1. What are some reasons why followers of Jesus stop growing spiritually and their faith lacks life and energy?
a) What is the main reason you sometimes stop growing in your relationship with Jesus?
b) What are some of the consequences of being spiritually stagnant?
2. Read Colossians 2:6-12. What pictures of spiritual growth does Paul use in this section, and how can we apply them?
a) What is our part in being strengthened? What do we need to do?
4. When we understand what we've been given we value it. When we value what we've been given we appreciate it. When we appreciate what we've been given we become grateful for it. How can this principle apply to your relationship with Jesus?
5. Read verse 8. What are some "hollow and deceptive" philosophies or beliefs you've seen Christians buy into that have stunted their spiritual growth?
a) How can you ensure that what you believe is biblical and is helping you continue to live in Christ?
6. Read Colossians 2:9-12. What does it mean to be "circumcised by Christ"?
a) What difference does this make to how you live your life in Christ?