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
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?
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  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Aug 15, 2021Matthew 26:36-46
    Aug 15, 2021
    Matthew 26:36-46
    Questions: What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?   How often are you aware that you are in a continual spiritual battle?   Jesus is fully God and fully man, which of those is harder for you to comprehend?   Gethsemane literally means olive press. Jesus was pressed all the way to death for our sin. His suffering brought us our salvation. Does this change the way that you view your suffering and hardships? Do you see them as tools in God’s hands to produce more genuine faith in your life (1 Peter 1:6-7)?   Read Hebrews 4:14-16—Does it help you to know that Jesus is a high priest who understands your weaknesses? Does it help you in your daily walk with God to know that Jesus experienced the full depth of human agony? Does Jesus’ night in Gethsemane shape the way you cry out to God when life gets difficult?   Though he did not need them, Jesus invited the disciples to join his mission. God doesn’t need us either, but he invites us to be on mission with him. How does it affect you to know that God wants you to join him in his work to see people live with Christ as Lord?
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