May 6, 2017
This week we continue with study two in the series of Colossians.
Read Colossians 1:24. In what sense are Paul’s sufferings a continuation of Jesus’ sufferings? Why do you think this would lead him to rejoice? See 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Philippians 3:10, 1:29-30.
Can you relate to Paul’s view of suffering?
Discuss the following four points on suffering.
Paul considered it a privilege to suffer for Christ. We do not by nature consider suffering a privilege. Yet when we suffer, if we faithfully represent Christ, our message and example affect us and others for good (see Acts 5:41). Suffering has these additional benefits: (1) It takes our eyes off earthly comforts: (2) it weeds out superficial believers: (3) it strengthens the faith of those who endure: (4) it serves as an example to those who may follow us. When we suffer for our faith it doesn’t mean we have done anything wrong. In fact the opposite is often true-it verifies that we have been faithful. Use suffering to build your character. Don’t resent it or let it tear you down. #
To suffer in the service of Christ is not a penalty but it is a privilege and honor. William Barclay.
What is the “entire message” Paul refers to “that has now been revealed to God’s people?”
How does this give us assurance of sharing Christ’s glory? See Romans 8:16, Ephesians 4:30.
How does this differ from Old Testament believers? See John 14:17.
Read Colossians 1:28-29, 2:6-7.
What is Paul’s goal as he warns and teaches others about Christ? See also what the writer to Hebrews says. Hebrews 6:1-3.
What is the condition of those who don’t grow? See 1 Corinthians 3:1-4, Hebrews 5:11-14. Discuss in your group the differences. Which one of these are you more like?
How does a Christian grow towards maturity? How important is this to God?
Discuss in your group how you think God feels when He sees His children like those in Hebrews 5:11-14.
What do Christians need to do to grow and what are the things that hinder growth?
How do we ensure Paul’s words “let your roots grow down into Him and let your lives be built on Him” become a reality.
How important is it to “overflow with thankfulness” Colossians 2:7? See also 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 3:15-16, Hebrews 12:28.
Read Colossians 2:1-5.
Identify the key words/phrases in this passage. Who is the focus?
Discuss the importance of love and unity.
Why do you think Paul emphasizes the importance to: “understand God’s mysterious plan.” What can happen if we don’t? Matthew 13:19.
Paul contrasts clever speech and true wisdom. What does this indicate about false teaching infecting the church?
Discuss the spiritual condition of the church in Laodicea 30 years later. Revelation 3:15-19.
Is Paul’s purpose (Colossians 1:28) a reality in your life or are you somewhere along the way or hardly at all?
# Taken from “Life Application Study Bible”