questions for anypassage
Questions to focus discussion:
1. What does this passage teach about:
■ The Christian life?
2. What should we change in our thinking or behaviour?
3. What should we pray about?
newLIFE:: Colossians 1:1-14
…we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way…
1. What does Paul thank God for?
2. What happened when the Colossians heard the gospel?
3. What’s happening with you now?
4. What does Paul pray for? (v9) (More about this in a later study.)
5. Why does he pray this?
6. What are the characteristics of such a life?
7. What can we be thankful for?
8. How can we move towards living a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing him in every way?
GOD’Sgospel:: Colossians 1:15-23
They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven…
…you became a model to all the believers …
1. What do verses 15-20 say about:
§ Jesus & God
§ Jesus and creation
§ Jesus and the church
2. How should we treat him?
3. Complete in your own words:
§ Once you were…
§ Now he has…
4. What does it mean to continue in your faith...? (v23)
5. Is that you?
continue:: Colossians 1:24-2:7
…just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
1. How do 1:24-2:5 describe what Paul did?
§ What he did:
§ His reasons/ motivations:
2. How does this relate to what he prayed for back in 1:9? (he mentions knowledge, will, spiritual wisdom, understanding there)
3. What do 2:6-7 say about beginning and continuing as a Christian?
4. As we keep on as Christians, how should we pray and what should we do?
…asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding…
1:9,9,10 ► 2:3; 3:10
1:1,9; ► 4:12
• spiritual wisdom
1:9 ►1: 28, 2:3,23; 3:16
• spiritual wisdom
1:9 ► 3:16
1:9 ► 2:2
continue:: Colossians 2:6-15
…6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. …
…you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority…
1. What’s the difference between starting as a Christian and continuing as a Christian? (vv6-7)
2. What is one of the alternatives to that in verse 8?
3. In contrast to this, what does true Christianity rely on?
4. We have all that we need through Christ. What is ‘circumcision done by Christ’?
5. List the things that God has done for us in Christ. (vv13-15)
6. What would adding something else to receiving Christ say about what God has already done?
7. Can you think of anything that people might add to trusting and submitting to Christ?
8. How can we avoid being sucked in by ‘hollow and deceptive philosophy’?
ALIVE!:: Colossians 3:1-17
…1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…
…5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: … clothe yourself with...
1. Verse 1 talks about already being raised with Christ. How do Verses 3, 4 & 10 help you understand what that means?
2. What is the consequence of being raised with Christ? (vv1-2)
3. What is ruled out? (vv5-11) Make a list!
4. What are the alternatives in verses 12-17? Make another list!
5. What would it mean to live like there is no resurrection?
6. What will it mean for you to live more in line with the reality of the resurrection?
RELATIONships:: Colossians 3:18-4:1
…Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord…
…whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…It is the Lord Christ you are serving...
1. How should you treat your parents? Who says so?
2. How are slaves told to behave?
3. Why are they to live that way?
4. Can you think of any situations in which you need to think this way?
5. How do you treat your teachers? Is that a good thing?
wait:: Colossians 4:2-6
…devote yourselves to prayer… …be wise in the way you act towards outsiders…
1. What sort of attitude should we have to prayer?
2. Can you remember any of the prayer from chapter 1?
3. What is Paul’s big prayer request?
4. Who can we pray that for?
5. What do verses 5 and 6 teach us?
6. What are the two aspects of evangelism in this passage?
7. Write a prayer for yourself which asks for the things Paul wanted prayer for and asks for help to be wise… (vv5-6).
Our great God and heavenly Father,
thank you for my Christian friends at youth group:
.that they trust in Jesus and love each other
.that they know they’re going to heaven and understand God’s kindness
We thank you that the gospel is bearing fruit and growing among us.
Please help us to grow in the knowledge of your will
so that we will live a life worthy of you:
.bearing fruit in every good work
.growing in the knowledge of you
.being strengthened with all power to be patient and endure
.joyfully giving thanks for what Jesus has done.
Our great God…
.help us to devote ourselves to prayer
.give us the chance to talk to people about the gospel and enable us to explain it clearly
.make us wise in the way we act towards outsiders and
help us to make an impact by always talking Christianly.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6&7 NIV