Colossians: All About Jesus

October 8, 2017 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: Colossians | All About Jesus

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Colossians 1:1–1:8

Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we begin our series in Colossians, focusing on the majesty of Christ.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. After reading Colossians, one should come away with a “bigger picture” of the majesty of Jesus. Why is it important for us to increase our understanding of Jesus’s majesty?
  2. As far as we know, Paul never visited the church in Colossae, but he still deeply cared for it. As a small church in a rural community, how can the letter of Colossians encourage us?
  3. Paul wrote the letter to the Colossians because of an increase in cultural pressure facing the church. Read Romans 12:2. What are some cultural pressures facing us today? How does Paul’s emphasis on Jesus address these cultural issues?
  4. Read of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9:1–22. What insight does Acts 9 give us into Paul’s self-description as “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God” (Col. 1:1)?
  5. Read Colossians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:3–14. What does it mean to be “in Christ”? What blessings come with being “in Christ”? Why is this such an important piece of the Christian’s identity?
  6. Read Colossians 1:3–5a. Why is Paul thankful for the Colossian Christians? What is “faith”? Why is it important to have faith in Christ Jesus? Why is “love for all the saints” so important? How should this love transcend our earthly differences?
  7. What is the “hope laid up for you in heaven”? How does this hope spur us on to faith and love?
  8. Read Colossians 1:5b–8. Why is it important to remember that God is at work around the world in the same way he is here (or that he is at work the same way here that he is around the world)?
  9. Take some time to share some ways that you have seen God at work in those around you. To stay in tune with Paul’s thanksgiving, try to limit your examples to the categories below. Take time to thank God for his continued work.
    1. Those who are growing in faith
    2. Those who are loving others sacrificially
    3. The fruit of the gospel is multiplying

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