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?
A Study On Colossians 3:22-4:1
If you missed the sermon, please do pick it up here: Slaving Away For Christ!
- 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?
- What is the context of this passage? [ cf.There is a verse chapter 3 that Paul is ‘unpacking’].
- As a group, spend some time thinking through and discussing how we should apply this passage to our lives:
- at work;
- within church life;
- at home.
- 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.
- 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.
This week’s prayer time at New Connexions saw Joanna using Scripture and some phone logos – here they are – enjoy.
Sunday: Pray for the leadership and pastors of the Countess Churches in Sierra Leone. Pray for wisdom and guidance as they carry out their responsibilities. Pray for the pastors to have a caring, servant heart for their congregations and that their ministry might produce fruit for the Kingdom. Pray for Kelvin and Ransford- pastors on sick leave.
Monday: Pray for the many teachers in our Connexional schools. Pray that during the summer break they will feel refreshed and invigorated for the new term in September. Pray that they will value each child in their care and realise their potential.
Tuesday: Pray for the children who attend our schools and churches. Pray that they might know the love of Jesus in their young lives and grow up to be mighty witnesses to the gospel.
Wednesday: Pray for the children and adults living at Bethesda. Two new children will soon join them from the streets; pray that they will settle quickly and experience the unique blessing of living in Bethesda.
Thursday: Pray for the work with the street children. Pray that they might see the love of Jesus in Magnus and Albert as they seek to help these vulnerable children.
Friday: Pray that many people will be moved in the U.K. to make up shoe bags for the children in Sierra Leone. Pray that the salvage from Glastonbury and Reading will reach the neediest of people. Pray for the safe and complete shipping of supplies from the U.K.
Saturday: Pray for the S.L.M. committee; after several changes pray that they might be of one mind. Pray that monies entrusted to S.L.M. might be wisely distributed. Pray that the love of our brothers and sisters in S.L. might increase and be infectious to everyone in the U.K. Connexional churches.
Some study questions based on the sermon Do You Have Real Peace?
- Read Colossians 2:8-14
- Verse 8 – How might we be captured, and by what kinds of empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense?
- Verses 9 & 10 – Why is it crucial that we see and believe the truth that Christ is both completely man and completely God? Also what does it mean, “that you are complete by your union with God“?
- Verses 11 & 12 – Discuss what we heard in the sermon about these verses on circumcision and baptism. How might we overstate or understate the importance of a public declaration of faith in baptism?
- Verses 13 & 14 – Pastor says, “These are powerful statements and if taken to heart will have a profound affect on the believer” Do you agree, if so (or not) why, and what difference is it going to have on your life with Christ?
This study is based on the sermon Nothing New Here!
- Read Colossians 1:24-29; what are your first thoughts?
- Paul says he is glad to suffer and that he is participating in the sufferings of Christ [cf. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27]. Talk through what he means and how we should apply this in our lives.
- Paul is at pains to make clear that he is a servant for God. Discuss why it is important that we understand this and live it out.
- What does it mean to preach the whole gospel and how do we do it?
- God’s wisdom and strength are the key to Paul’s service – are we working, serving and living in His strength, power and wisdom? what difference does it make?
A study on Colossians 1:21-23
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: K.I.S.S.
- What is ‘the whole Gospel?’ – Discuss.
- Why does Paul describe humanity as alienated and hostile in mind, enemies of God, evil etc. and why do we need to tell people that?
- What does it mean to be: a) reconciled, b) presented to God, c) holy, d) blameless and e) above reproach?
- What might stop us from continuing in the faith?
- Spend some time, as a group, in prayer: for each other; our fellowship and the lost.
This study is based on the sermon What you see is what you get!
- Before reading the passage share with each other how you would answer someone who asks ‘who is Jesus Christ, and why should I be bothered?’
- Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
This passage is full of incredible and sometimes complex statements which we unpacked in the sermon.
- As a group take each phrase and carefully discuss what it says about the person and work of Christ
- What difference does having a right understanding of who He is make to us as individuals today.
This study is based on the two sermons below and so it would be beneficial to have heard them prior to the study:
This is Amazing Grace
How do I know what God wants me to do?
- What do we know about this letter (why and when did Paul write etc.), Colossae, and the Colossian church?
- Read the passage: Colossians 1:1-14
- Work through the passage again – slowly, paying particular attention to what it teaches us about prayer. Which aspects of Paul’s approach to prayer might be missing in our prayer lives? Discuss and then consider how this can be put right.
- How can we know the will of God? Discuss this question in some depth, it’s a major topic amongst Christians today, yet the answer is plain and simple, so why do we still struggle.
- Please take some time together praying for each other and the wider fellowship; that we may know more and more of Jesus in our lives.
Pray for the fellowship of Ebenezer Lumley and the family of Rev.Angel Ama-Lamin who died recently. Peter had the privilege to pray for him whilst in Sierra Leone.
Pray for the new clinic which has been established at The Theological College at Jui. This clinic will serve the local community. Pray especially for the little girl with third degree burns to her leg.
Pray for the patients and staff at the hospital at Koidu. Peter and Janet were given the opportunity to visit and pray for individuals, including Muslims. They also met Victoria a three year old who had accidentally been pushed backwards into boiling water. Her chance of survival is minimal but with prayer and God’s intervention a miracle is possible.
Sierra Leone is heading for elections early next year and the process has started with voter registration. Pray against any form of violence approach that electoral process and for God to lead the people of this country to vote for the right person.
Pray for wisdom for Bishop Theophilus as he makes important decisions. Pray also for Magnus, Daniel and Alex as they advise and support the Bishop.
Thank God for the wonderful work that is happening at Bethesda. Pray for Allusine, Musa and Issa as they have been reunited to their family but desire to be back at Bethesda. Thank God for Aminata and Sallie and pray that He will heal Sallie from her discomfort.
Thank God for the stoic teachers in our schools; against all odds they continue to give their best. Also pray for our pastors; for safety in travel, protection against illness and a fresh vitality in their ministry.