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?