Colossians Continued…Week 4

Why we are doing this.  This is a new things for us to offer followup questions, but we'd like to help encourage you to stay in the study of Colossians with us each week as you begin learning to study and apply the Word yourself.  The following instructions and exercises are meant to help you carve out space and time to be with God.  This will require you figuring out a time as well as a place.  My personal experience has taught me that failing to plan is planning to fail in my time with God each day.  We've set aside three exercises this week, but encourage you to try and build this into a daily routine if possible.  Sort of like morning coffee! 

A few tools for the journey.  Bible (preferably one with cross references), journal or notebook, pen, and bonus points for a highlighter.

Getting Started.  Have you thought of a time and place you will use this week?  It may change day to day, but our body likes rhythms, so try to stay consistent if possible.  Make that appointment with yourself and God!  

Instruction for each day…(Budget a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day)

  1. Start by spending 2 minute in silence.  This is meant to help quiet your mind, heart, and surroundings in order to "be still" in every way you can.  Try to let your mind think on Christ and how He wants to speak through His Word, and you are about to meet with Him there.  Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but I think you will find it serves its purpose.   
  2. Read Colossians 3:18-4:6 for yourself each day before answering the discussion questions.  Reading the chapter will help to familiarize yourself with the context so that you don't "miss the forest for the trees."
  3. Complete your time with a short prayer of thanks to God and 2 more minutes of silence.

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EXERCISE 1

Read the following excerpt from the book Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware and answer the follow question.

“…each member of the Godhead is identical; but in person each is distinct. Much of the doctrine of the Trinity deals with these ideas of both unity and difference, of identity and distinction. In God we find the eternal and singular being of God exist- ing and expressing himself in the three Persons of Father that is not Son or Spirit, Son that is not Father or Spirit, and Spirit that is not Father or Son.

And the three members of the Godhead work together in harmony. Not in unison, but in harmony. “Unison” expresses a form of unity, yet it has no texture and richness. “Harmony,” however, communicates the idea of unified expression but only through differing yet complementary parts. You have different voices in differ- ent pitches. One carries the melody, but just one. Others carry the strains of harmony to fill out and complement the melody. If you think that only one part matters, you are sorely mistaken. For again, to achieve the kind of textured and rich unity that harmony accomplishes, all the parts are important. Yet each part has to be an expression of the same score, the same composition, expressing the mind of the composer.

So it is with the Trinity: it is God’s unified nature expressed richly and beautifully in the three equal and full possessions and manifestations of that one nature, with each “voice” contributing variously, yet with complete unity and identity of nature or essence. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not identical Persons, but they are harmonious in accomplishing the one undivided purpose, one undivided goal, one common work, since they each possess fully the one, undivided divine essence. So, unity and difference, identity and distinction—this marks the triune nature of God most centrally. Just how this identity and distinction gets worked out among the Persons of the Godhead, and what this means to the lives of us who are made in his image”

  1. If this is true about the Trinity, how does this effect the way we love and submit in the context of marriage?  In the church?

 

EXERCISE 2

  1. Do you find biblical submission difficult?  If so, why?  If not, what makes it easier for you than perhaps others? 

EXERCISE 3

  1. The Trinity shows us what perfect unity looks like and asks us to pursue this in marriage as well as Christ’s bride, the church.  We, however, are not perfected and subject to the struggle of sin.   Knowing this, how should this effect our approach towards each other in our pursuit of oneness?   
  2. If you have found this to be challenging in your marriage relationship or your relationship to the church, how might you begin to pursue this?

The Glorious Wake Of The Cross, Colossians 3:18-4:6

Colossians is a letter credited to Paul and written to the church in Colossae, a city Paul never visited full of people Paul did not directly disciple.  The letter is written to encourage believers in their faith and love because of their hope in Christ.  Paul also challenges them to continue to grow in their wisdom and understanding.  Colossians contains some of the most complete and detailed scripture on the person and supremacy of Christ.  Our lives start and end with Christ because He is preeminent.  He is before, behind, and beside all things and holds them together for His glorious purpose.

Jeff wraps up our series by looking at what it means to pursue biblical submission.

Colossians Continued…Week 3

Why we are doing this.  This is a new things for us to offer followup questions, but we'd like to help encourage you to stay in the study of Colossians with us each week as you begin learning to study and apply the Word yourself.  The following instructions and exercises are meant to help you carve out space and time to be with God.  This will require you figuring out a time as well as a place.  My personal experience has taught me that failing to plan is planning to fail in my time with God each day.  We've set aside three exercises this week, but encourage you to try and build this into a daily routine if possible.  Sort of like morning coffee! 

A few tools for the journey.  Bible (preferably one with cross references), journal or notebook, pen, and bonus points for a highlighter.

Getting Started.  Have you thought of a time and place you will use this week?  It may change day to day, but our body likes rhythms, so try to stay consistent if possible.  Make that appointment with yourself and God!  

Instruction for each day…(Budget a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day)

  1. Start by spending 2 minute in silence.  This is meant to help quiet your mind, heart, and surroundings in order to "be still" in every way you can.  Try to let your mind think on Christ and how He wants to speak through His Word, and you are about to meet with Him there.  Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but I think you will find it serves its purpose.   
  2. Read Colossians 3:1-17 for yourself each day before answering the discussion questions.  Reading the chapter will help to familiarize yourself with the context so that you don't "miss the forest for the trees."
  3. Complete your time with a short prayer of thanks to God and 2 more minutes of silence.

DOWNLOAD PDF OF EXERCISES

Gage gave us a lot to think about yesterday as we consider what it means to “take off”

the things of this world and “put on” Christ. He mentioned three specific things to consider (Position, Practice, and Posture) which are the focal points to our three exercises this week.

These are some very difficult things to consider this week. If you need help processing them, consider reaching out to someone else in the church or jeff@christredeemer.org.

EXERCISE 1

1. The key to doing the things mentioned in chapter 3 is to first acknowledge that we can’t do anything apart from Christ working in our hearts. Reflect on how our position, IN Christ, affects our putting off the things of the world and putting on the characteristics of Christ mentioned in V5-17. Perhaps another way to say it is, “what does it mean to do these things apart from Christ empowerment?”

EXERCISE 2

  1. Someone once said, “maturing in Godly character takes place primarily when no one is watching.” If that’s true, how should this affect our practice of becoming like Christ each day? Discuss below.

  2. What are “acceptable sins,” as Gage mentioned yesterday, that perhaps you find yourself engaging in? What does this verse teach us to do with these and how might we go about it?

EXERCISE 3
1. The text clearly teaches a posture of submission and gratitude as we are pursuing Christ. It’s hard to be grateful when someone is trying to take away the idols in your life! This verse teaches that we should not only put these to death and be grateful to God for it. How is it possible to be grateful in the midst of God changing us? How do we pursue this without faking it?

Off With The Old, On With The New, Colossians 3:1-17

Colossians is a letter credited to Paul and written to the church in Colossae, a city Paul never visited full of people Paul did not directly disciple.  The letter is written to encourage believers in their faith and love because of their hope in Christ.  Paul also challenges them to continue to grow in their wisdom and understanding.  Colossians contains some of the most complete and detailed scripture on the person and supremacy of Christ.  Our lives start and end with Christ because He is preeminent.  He is before, behind, and beside all things and holds them together for His glorious purpose.

Pastor Gage Jordan continues in our series in the book of Colossians.

A Theology of Suffering, Colossians 1:24-2:23

Colossians is a letter credited to Paul and written to the church in Colossae, a city Paul never visited full of people Paul did not directly disciple.  The letter is written to encourage believers in their faith and love because of their hope in Christ.  Paul also challenges them to continue to grow in their wisdom and understanding.  Colossians contains some of the most complete and detailed scripture on the person and supremacy of Christ.  Our lives start and end with Christ because He is preeminent.  He is before, behind, and beside all things and holds them together for His glorious purpose.

Jeff shares about the importance of a biblical understanding of suffering.  

Colossians Continued…Week 2

Why we are doing this.  This is a new things for us to offer followup questions, but we'd like to help encourage you to stay in the study of Colossians with us each week as you begin learning to study and apply the Word yourself.  The following instructions and exercises are meant to help you carve out space and time to be with God.  This will require you figuring out a time as well as a place.  My personal experience has taught me that failing to plan is planning to fail in my time with God each day.  We've set aside three exercises this week, but encourage you to try and build this into a daily routine if possible.  Sort of like morning coffee! 

A few tools for the journey.  Bible (preferably one with cross references), journal or notebook, pen, and bonus points for a highlighter.

Getting Started.  Have you thought of a time and place you will use this week?  It may change day to day, but our body likes rhythms, so try to stay consistent if possible.  Make that appointment with yourself and God!  

Instruction for each day…(Budget a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day)

  1. Start by spending 2 minute in silence.  This is meant to help quiet your mind, heart, and surroundings in order to "be still" in every way you can.  Try to let your mind think on Christ and how He wants to speak through His Word, and you are about to meet with Him there.  Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but I think you will find it serves its purpose.   
  2. Read the chapter in Colossians for yourself each day before answering the discussion questions.  Reading the chapter will help to familiarize yourself with the context so that you don't "miss the forest for the trees."
  3. Complete your time with a short prayer of thanks to God and 2 more minutes of silence.

DOWNLOAD PDF OF EXERCISES

EXERCISE 1

1. Its clear in the Colossian’s text that God’s process of maturing us will involve struggle and hardship, but ultimately this is how God will grow us. Consider your story for a moment. What is something in your life you struggled to learn or master. Maybe it was learning to catch a baseball or ride a bike. Perhaps it was skill or trade. Maybe it was something that took place on the inside that most did not see. Did you ever consider giving up? How did the struggle change you for the better? Share below.

EXERCISE 2

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-8

  2. After reading, consider the following quote from David Garland’s commentary on Colossians. Discuss what you think He’s saying about the “secret wisdom” of God. Share below.

“This image captures what Paul calls the secret wisdom of the crucifixion (1 Cor. 2:6–8). Jesus’ captors dragged him through the city, stripped him naked, held him up to contempt, and nailed the charges against him to his cross; but all along God was doing it to them. God made them a public example by showing how utterly impotent they were before this divine demonstration of love and forgiveness and how utterly helpless they were to deter the divine power that raises the dead.”
David E. Garland, Colossians and Philemon, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998), 153.

EXERCISE 3

  1. After reading the text this week, how has your understanding of God’s use of suffering changed?

  2. How do you think you will approach hardship for yourself or as you come alongside others differently based on this understanding?

To Whom Our Thanks Belongs, Colossians 1:1-23

Colossians is a letter credited to Paul and written to the church in Colossae, a city Paul never visited full of people Paul did not directly disciple.  The letter is written to encourage believers in their faith and love because of their hope in Christ.  Paul also challenges them to continue to grow in their wisdom and understanding.  Colossians contains some of the most complete and detailed scripture on the person and supremacy of Christ.  Our lives start and end with Christ because He is preeminent.  He is before, behind, and beside all things and holds them together for His glorious purpose.

As we begin, Pastor Jeff reminds us that though Jesus may have never come to Jonesboro, His message is alive and well here.  Christ's sufficiency can be applied to our circumstances and our daily lives.

Colossians Continued…Week 1

Why we are doing this.  This is a new things for us to offer followup questions, but we'd like to help encourage you to stay in the study of Colossians with us each week as you begin learning to study and apply the Word yourself.  The following instructions and exercises are meant to help you carve out space and time to be with God.  This will require you figuring out a time as well as a place.  My personal experience has taught me that failing to plan is planning to fail in my time with God each day.  We've set aside three exercises this week, but encourage you to try and build this into a daily routine if possible.  Sort of like morning coffee! 

A few tools for the journey.  Bible (preferably one with cross references), journal or notebook, pen, and bonus points for a highlighter.

Getting Started.  Have you thought of a time and place you will use this week?  It may change day to day, but our body likes rhythms, so try to stay consistent if possible.  Make that appointment with yourself and God!  

Instruction for each day…(Budget a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day)

  1. Start by spending 2 minute in silence.  This is meant to help quiet your mind, heart, and surroundings in order to "be still" in every way you can.  Try to let your mind think on Christ and how He wants to speak through His Word, and you are about to meet with Him there.  Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but I think you will find it serves its purpose.   
  2. Read the chapter in Colossians for yourself each day before answering the discussion questions.  Reading the chapter will help to familiarize yourself with the context so that you don't "miss the forest for the trees."
  3. Complete your time with a short prayer of thanks to God and 2 more minutes of silence.

DOWNLOAD PDF OF EXERCISES

EXERCISE 1

  1. Who are the people in your life that have influenced you?  Your personal Epaphras(s).  These may not have been direct disciplers, but they help you to grow or understand something about Christ by their words or example.   
  2. Try and write down your own story of coming to an understanding "who Jesus is."  Try to connect the things that happened in the Colossian's story found in V3-8 of Chapter 1 to your own story. 

EXERCISE 2

  1. Based on Chapter 1 of Colossians, journal for a moment what the text is teaching "the role of prayer" should be in the life of a believer.  What are the different things Paul prays for the Colossians?
  2. How should V15-20 fuel our prayers?  What role does Christ play in our prayers?

EXERCISE 3

  1. Based on V21-28, what CAN we expect and NOT expect as followers of Christ?  Make a list to compare from the text of things we "CAN" and "CANNOT" expect to receive from God. 
  2. Write a summary of anything you have learned about yourself and about Christ from Chapter 1 of Colossians.