HG Questions on Colossians 4:2-4

1. Paul’s epistles follow the pattern of laying down doctrine and reminding the readers of who they are in Christ before stressing the importance of those facts making a difference to their lives.Why is that so important? Discuss the benefits of living our lives in a way that reflects our faith and the damage that can result when our words or actions fail to match what we say we believe?

2. Paul asks for prayer so that a door would be opened for the message. What doors should we be asking to be opened in our lives and the life of the church?

3. The church in Colosse was facing opposition and false teaching from both outside and inside the church. The need for clear Bible based teaching was vital. The church today faces similar threats. How can we best pray for those with the responsibility of preaching today?

4. Discuss the elements of being on God’s SWAT team in prayer.

What does it mean to be steadfast, watchful and to pray with thanksgiving?

 

Why Should We Slave For Christ?

A Study On Colossians 3:22-4:1

If you missed the sermon, please do pick it up here: Slaving Away For Christ!

  1. What do we know about slavery now and back in the time Paul was writing, and why didn’t the early church protest and try to change laws to stop slavery?
  2. What is the context of this passage? [ cf.There is a verse chapter 3 that Paul is ‘unpacking’].
  3. As a group, spend some time thinking through and discussing how we should apply this passage to our lives:
    1. at work;
    2. within church life;
    3. at home.
  4. Which groups of people might verse 4:1 apply to in our society today, and how might we spot the difference between a believer and an unbeliever in each case.
  5. Turn back to verse 3:25 In the sermon we didn’t have time to ‘unpack’ this – as a group discuss who Paul was addressing in this statement and what exactly was meant.

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