Sermon Series: Colossians


Sep 4, 2022
Colossians 3:5-11
Series: Colossians
  1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
  2. What sins are we to put to death in verse 5? Why is it right to say that all of these sins are ultimately ‘idolatry’?
  3. What is the reason we should put sin away in verse 6? How does this change the appeal or allure of sin in our hearts?
  4. According to verse 8, what are the sins that hinder our unity as a church body?
  5. Why is it right to say that we are putting ourselves in God’s place of judgment over one another, when we give into these sinful temptations listed in verse 8,?
  6. Read Mark 12:28-31, How does Paul’s argument fit into the two great commandments? Do verses 5-6 correlate to the first or second greatest commandment? What about verses 8-9?
  7. What are Paul’s motivations for instructing us to put off the sinful tendencies that belong to our old nature in verses 10-11? Which one is most compelling to you?
  8. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 3:5-11?
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  • Sep 4, 2022Colossians 3:5-11
    Sep 4, 2022
    Colossians 3:5-11
    Series: Colossians
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. What sins are we to put to death in verse 5? Why is it right to say that all of these sins are ultimately ‘idolatry’?
    3. What is the reason we should put sin away in verse 6? How does this change the appeal or allure of sin in our hearts?
    4. According to verse 8, what are the sins that hinder our unity as a church body?
    5. Why is it right to say that we are putting ourselves in God’s place of judgment over one another, when we give into these sinful temptations listed in verse 8,?
    6. Read Mark 12:28-31, How does Paul’s argument fit into the two great commandments? Do verses 5-6 correlate to the first or second greatest commandment? What about verses 8-9?
    7. What are Paul’s motivations for instructing us to put off the sinful tendencies that belong to our old nature in verses 10-11? Which one is most compelling to you?
    8. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 3:5-11?
  • Jul 31, 2022Colossians 3:1-4 Pursuing the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
    Jul 31, 2022
    Colossians 3:1-4 Pursuing the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
    Series: Colossians
    Questions
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. How is Jesus described in verse 1? What does this tell us about him?
    3. What are the two commands that Paul gives in verses 1-2? What kind of mindset is Paul challenging Christians to have?
    4. “Set your mind on things above.” What do you think this actually looks like in practice? What are some obstacles in daily living that make practicing this heavenly mindset difficult?
    5. Verses 1-4 claim that the believer has died, risen, is now hidden, and will one day be glorified with Christ. How should this change how we view our identity and our true purpose?
    6. Verse 3 says our life is hidden with Christ in God. Who is doing the hiding? What does this say about the security of our salvation?
    7. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 3:1-4?
  • Jun 26, 2022Treasuring the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus
    Jun 26, 2022
    Treasuring the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus
    Series: Colossians
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. Why is the law in the Old Testament no longer needed for people to be right with God?
    3. Why does having a list of rules seem attractive to us? Why does it seem to be part of our DNA to want rules to keep? What is the danger of focusing on the law rather than on Christ (19)?
    4. Where do you struggle with legalism in your relationship with Christ? What truth about how God relates to us helps you fight this tendency?
    5. In what ways as a church might we be in danger of adding to Christ and his work? What rules or guidelines do we want believers to follow that are more cultural than biblical?
    6. Paul says that all of these practices have no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Why do you think that is the case? (Consider Mark 7:14-23; Matthew 15:15-20).
    7. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 2:16-23?
  • May 29, 2022Colossians 2:6-15 – Complete in Christ: Walking confidently in Christ’s Sufficiency
    May 29, 2022
    Colossians 2:6-15 – Complete in Christ: Walking confidently in Christ’s Sufficiency
    Series: Colossians
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. The central confession of the early church was ‘Jesus is Lord.’ What are the implications of this statement for the world, the church, the home, and your life?
    3. Why do you think Paul sees thankfulness as the believer’s necessary response to salvation (see Colossians 1:12; 2:7; 3:16; 4:2)? What is thankfulness? What does thankfulness look like for you as a Christian?
    4. In 2:8, Paul commands believers to watch out for harmful beliefs that would undermine their faith. What are the potential philosophies or worldviews that can tempt believers to look for fullness outside of Christ?
    5. In 2:9-15, Paul provides several reasons to cling to Christ and no other. Why do you think Paul focuses on what is right and true instead of emphasizing what is wrong with the false teaching?
    6. In 2:9-15, which statement about Christ or about our status in Christ is most encouraging to you? Why?
    7. By God’s grace, what needs to change in your life based on this study of Colossians 2:6-15?
  • Apr 3, 2022Theme of Colossians: The Centrality of Christ in All Things Paul’s suffering to accomplish God’s calling to minister the Gospel (1:24-29
    Apr 3, 2022
    Theme of Colossians: The Centrality of Christ in All Things Paul’s suffering to accomplish God’s calling to minister the Gospel (1:24-29
    Series: Colossians
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. Why was Paul able to rejoice in his suffering? Why do we find it difficult to rejoice when we suffer?
    3. “Christ in you, the Hope of glory.” Is this a good summary of the Gospel? How does it encourage you?
    4. What would a visitor among us say is the content of our ‘gospel’? Are there things that we tend to focus on that are actually alternatives to the Gospel?
    5. Who and what do you pray for? How does Paul’s example in Colossians change who you pray for and what you pray about?
    6. “hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love….” Is this a good description of our church and/or our community group? What things threaten our unity and how can we combat them?
    7. False teaching is dangerous and destructive. How does Paul’s warning change the way you think about having right theology? How would false teaching hinder people from having joy in God and assurance of salvation?
  • Jan 23, 2022COLOSSIANS 1:15-23
    Jan 23, 2022
    COLOSSIANS 1:15-23
    Series: Colossians
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. Why would people find the statements in Colossians 1:15-20 so offensive? How would you respond to someone who thought these claims were ridiculous?
    3. Jesus is the image of the invisible God: how would you describe what Christians believe about Jesus and his deity to a friend?
    4. How do you feel about the importance of church in general, and your church in particular? How have the ideas of this passage changed those views?
    5. Could you explain in a way that a non-believer could understand the reasons why Jesus had to become a living, breathing human being in order to save us?
    6. How does Jesus’ sacrificial death make peace? What could be offensive about that claim?
    7. What has changed in your own life since you first trusted in Jesus? What steps do you need to take to remain “stable and steadfast” in your faith?
    8. “Holy”, “blameless”, “above reproach” (v 22). How would believing these truths to be accurate descriptions of yourself change the way you live and feel about your Christian life?
  • Nov 14, 2021Colossians 1:9-14
    Nov 14, 2021
    Colossians 1:9-14
    Series: Colossians
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. What things do we typically pray for ourselves and others? How do our prayers compare to Paul’s prayer in verse 9-14?
    3. What does Paul specifically pray for in verse 9?
    4. Why do we need to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will? Do you tend to think of God’s will as ‘private individual direction’ or as ‘God’s commands for how we should behave morally’?
    5. In verse 10, what is the goal for every believer? What four ways do we accomplish that goal?
    6. What is the relationship between salvation and good works? Do my good works earn my salvation or does my salvation produce good works in my life?
    7. What is the relationship between knowing God and living for God? Can you have one without the other? Give one example of how your knowing God has changed the way you live. 
    8. What does it look like to walk in dependence on God for strength to endure trials and be patient with people?
    9. How much strength does God promise to give us to endure trials and be patient with people? Will there be a trial that ever grows beyond his ability to helps overcome?
    10. “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do” (Tim Keller). How can you grow in regularly giving thanks to God? What will it look like to thank God more?
    11. What reasons does Paul give to encourage believers to practice thanksgiving?
  • Oct 17, 2021Theme of Colossians: The Centrality of Christ in All Things
    Oct 17, 2021
    Theme of Colossians: The Centrality of Christ in All Things
    Series: Colossians
    1. Was there anything confusing, challenging, or encouraging from Colossians 1:1-8?
    2. What things do you give thanks to God and/or pray for the most?[1]
    3. How is Christ central in Paul’s prayer? How can He be more central in your own prayers?
    4. Our cultural understanding of a ‘saint’ is someone who is particularly wholesome or Christlike. However, Scripture refers to believers in Christ as saints (someone who is set apart by God for God) because they have trusted in Christ for salvation. This is a designation you cannot earn. It is given to you. Why is it hard for us to remember and think of ourselves as saints?
    5. Paul offers sincere thanks to God for the faith and love he sees in the Colossian Christians. Whose example of faith and love are you thankful for?
    6. How can believers grow in seeing themselves as “in Christ”? How does resting in Christ’s work for us empower us to live for Him?
    7. Faith, hope and love: In what ways can our hope for heaven motivate both our love and our faith now (v 5)? Which of these three areas of Christian believing and living do you think you are weakest on? Why might that be?[2]
    8. Paul says the Gospel is powerful and effective. He believes that God will continue to powerfully work through His Word to bring salvation and life-change. What areas is it easy for you trust in God’s Word to be powerful and effective? What areas is it less easy?
    [1] Mark Meynell, Colossians: Confident Christianity, (THe Good Book Company, 2016), 38. [2] Mark Meynell, Colossians & Philemon for You, ed. Carl Laferton, God’s Word for You (The Good Book Company, 2018), 17.