Oct 17, 2021
“In Christ Alone”
Questions for small groups or personal study.  In Christ Alone | Colossians 2:6-15 #CenterofAllThings October 17, 2021
  1. What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
  2. Why do most say Col. 2:6-7 the main thesis statement for the entire letter? What is Paul saying here? 
  3. How do you see what Paul mentions as threats to the foundation of the christian life as still relevant today? ([verse 8] threats that can take you captive: philosophy and empty deceit, human tradition, elemental spirits, things not according to Christ) 
  4. Jesus + Nothing. What does that mean? How and why does Paul teach this in 6-15?  
  5. Look through and discuss each place Paul uses the phrases “in him” or “with him” in Colossians 2:6-15. What does it mean to be “in Christ?”
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  • Oct 17, 2021“In Christ Alone”
    Oct 17, 2021
    “In Christ Alone”
    Questions for small groups or personal study.  In Christ Alone | Colossians 2:6-15 #CenterofAllThings October 17, 2021
    1. What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
    2. Why do most say Col. 2:6-7 the main thesis statement for the entire letter? What is Paul saying here? 
    3. How do you see what Paul mentions as threats to the foundation of the christian life as still relevant today? ([verse 8] threats that can take you captive: philosophy and empty deceit, human tradition, elemental spirits, things not according to Christ) 
    4. Jesus + Nothing. What does that mean? How and why does Paul teach this in 6-15?  
    5. Look through and discuss each place Paul uses the phrases “in him” or “with him” in Colossians 2:6-15. What does it mean to be “in Christ?”
  • Oct 10, 2021“Job Description of a Christian Minister”
    Oct 10, 2021
    “Job Description of a Christian Minister”
    v Questions for small groups or personal study.  Job Description of a Christian Minister | Colossians 1:24-2:5   #CenterofAllThings October 10, 2021
    • What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
    • Which of the points from the sermon outline below stuck out to you the most? and why?  
    • How does this sermon and message apply to you even though you may not be a full-time minister or pastor? What part do you play in this?  
    • In 1:28, what does Paul mean by stating his goal to “present everyone mature in Christ?” How is the Christian life one of maturing and growing? (microwave or crockpot) Compare Eph. 4:11-14; Phil. 3:13-14; Col. 1:28. 
    • Paul says he has a great struggle for them and then goes on to list words of his prayer for them and the church at Laodicea. Examine his prayer and discuss what he prays for. (Col. 2:1-3) 
  • Oct 3, 2021“Paramount”
    Oct 3, 2021
    “Paramount”
    Questions for small groups or personal study.  Paramount | Colossians 1:15-23  #CenterofAllThings October 3, 2021
    1. What’s your main takeaway from the sermon? 
    2. What do these passages have in common and why? Col. 1:15-20; John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:1–3; Heb. 1:1–4
    3. Why is it so important that Jesus is not a created being and is transcendent above all things and yet also took on flesh and dwelt among us? Why do you think this so crucial for our reconciliation and redemption? 
    4. Look at and discuss the two slides describing the “mythological worldview” and the “biblical worldview.” What is the difference between the two and what do you think this means? (the slides were used during the service and are posted online) 
    5. How can we remain “stable and steadfast” in these things and continue to keep Christ as the center of all things in our life and the life of our church? (1:23)
  • Sep 26, 2021“Praying For You”
    Sep 26, 2021
    “Praying For You”
    Questions for Small Groups and Personal Study I’m Praying For You | Colossians 1:9-14  #CenterofAllThings  September 26, 20211.Share with the group one main takeaway from the sermon. What impacted you or stuck out to you? 2. Share with the group a time when prayer became an essential part of your life, either you prayed for others or others prayed for you? 3.What should “I’m praying for you” really mean in a church community?  4. Look at and review the content of Paul’s prayer in Col. 9-14. What does he pray for specifically? How is his prayer similar or dissimilar from our own prayer lives or prayer habits? 5. Verse 9 uses words like “knowledge, wisdom and understanding” and then ties those words to a physical walking and outward lifestyle that is pleasing to God. What is the connection between our knowledge of God and our daily lifestyle? What is the danger of disconnecting knowledge and understanding of God from our lifestyle and ethics? 6.Paul says a life fully pleasing to God is a life “bearing fruit, increasing in knowledge, being strengthened with power, and giving thanks.” How do these phrases describe an overview of a truly Christian life? In what ways do you see or you would like to see this being worked out in your own life? Spend some time in prayer. You could have each person pray for 2 or 3 specific things. You could try praying some of the exact words and phrases Paul uses in Colossians 1. When we don’t know how to pray or what to pray; I find letting scripture inform our prayers is a great place to start.
  • Sep 19, 2021“The Center of All Things”
    Sep 19, 2021
    “The Center of All Things”
    Questions for small groups or personal study.  Center of All Things | Colossians 1:1-8  #CenterofAllThings September 19, 2021
    1. Why is Paul writing the letter of Colossians? What is the occasion and purpose of the letter? Where is Paul writing this letter from? Who is Epaphras? (Col. 1:7) 
    2. How and why is Christ the center of all things and what implications does this have for our lives today? (Col. 1:15-17)
    3. Some have said Colossians is the most Christ saturated letter in the NT. Skim through the book of Colossians and find phrases of “in Him” “in whom” “in Christ.” Discuss what these phrases mean and how they are used throughout the letter. 
    4. Why do you think Paul so often in his writing focuses on three key virtues: Faith, Hope and Love? Why these three? And then why does he change the order and list them in the order of faith, love and hope in Col. 1:4-5. What is he specifically saying about Hope here? (other places of these three virtues: 1 Cor. 13:13; 1 These. 1:3)
    5. What item below stands out to you the most and why? Feel free to discuss this list or use it in your personal study later on this week. Jesus is the Center of redemption (Col. 1:13-14) / Center of all things (Col. 1:16-17) / Center of the church (Col 1:24) / Center of our hope (Col. 1:27) / Center of our growth (Col. 1:28) / Center of our faith (Col. 2:6-7) / Center of our religion (Col. 2:17) / Center of our resurrection (Col. 3:1) / Center of our life (Col. 3:3-4) / Center of our peace (Col. 3:15) / Center of households, workplaces (Col. 3:18-4:1)