Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Intro to Colossians:
The theme of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. Christ is Lord over all of creation, including the invisible realm. He has secured redemption for his people, enabling them to participate with him in his death, resurrection, and fullness.
As you read, study and apply, ask the Holy Spirit to lead your group discussions. Work hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate. Close by praying for one another.

Questions for this week:

  1. What characteristics of the Colossians cause Paul to always be thankful for them (versus 3-6)? What impresses you about how the gospel was spreading (versus 5-8)?
  2. How might spiritual wisdom and understanding help us to understand God’s will (versus 9)?
  3. According to Paul, true knowledge leads to a “life worthy of the Lord” (versus 10). What qualities does such a life include (versus 10-12)? How are these qualities related to each other?
  4. In what specific ways do you see the qualities in verses 10-12 developing in your life?
  5. Straight-forward question for personal reflection (don’t necessarily need to answer out loud): Are you walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him all respects (versus 10)
  6. How do you understand the statement that God “qualified us” to share in the inheritance of the Saints (versus 12)? What does this mean about our relationship to God, as well as our communion with the Saints throughout history?
  7. What imagery comes to mind when you read versus 13-14, in terms of being rescued from the domain of darkness, and transferred to the kingdom of His beloved Son?
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