I think it is important to begin with worship. So, today we sang, “My Chains are Gone” by Chris Tomlin
Welcome to week 1 of our on-line Colossians Study group. This week, we are in Colossians 1:1-12,
Last week, I introduced our study of Colossians, we continue this week with chapter 1, using the study book.
The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Colossians: Become the Whole Person God Intends You to Be - Warren W. Wiersbe;Paperback
The Goals for this and my in-home discussion group are:.
-Know false teaching when you hear it
-Strengthen our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word
-Know who we are in Christ
-Know and understand the power we have through Christ.
So, let’s get to some things that Wiersbe points out.
Paul did not start the church in Colossae. Nor did he ever visit it. “Paul had heard of their faith.” (Col. 1:4, 9). The Colossian church consisted mostly of Gentiles. The Christians had intermingled their faith with “a combination of Eastern philosophy and Jewish legalism, with elements of …gnosticism, which means “knowledge.” pg 7
The Gnostic heresy “promised people such a close union with God that they would achieve a ‘spiritual perfection.’ Spiritual fullness could be theirs only if they entered into the teachings and ceremonies prescribed.” They also believed in a state called ‘full knowledge,’ a spiritual depth that only the initiated could enjoy. This ‘wisdom’ would release them from earthly things and put them in touch with heavenly things. pg8
Paul’s “main theme was the preeminence of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:18; 3:11) pg 8
“Wrong doctrine leads to wrong living” pg 8. Along the same lines, permissive theology leads to loose living.
Here are some of our thoughts from the study…
Paul modeled encouragement to the church. Before he wrote about the bad stuff, he encouraged them. We also learned that prayer is important and powerful. We need to pray for ourselves and others.
The Apostle encouraged the Christians by letting them know word of their faith and love has spread.
We and the church are reminded that true power is in Christ, and His Holy Word. They were also reminded that His power has spread throughout the Word.
If we allow ourselves to believe God does not care how we behave, we are likely to stray into areas that are dangerous and destructive.
What beliefs have you allowed to creep in that lead you to destructive living, or legalism?
More notes for Colossians 1:1-12
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
-Words are powerful. How you view and present yourself are powerful.
What you call yourself is important. Paul knew who he was and he wasn’t afraid to proclaim it.
-You are a child of the King. Some of you are writers, singers, artists, pastors, teachers, etc. Know it and be it. Christina, whoever you are, you are a leader because the Spirit of God is within you. Know it, be it, proclaim it!
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
-Know to whom you are talking and be gracious to your audience.
See the good that is there and call it out.
-Let people know you care. All of the above is just declaring who they are in Christ; their hope, faith and love. The gifts of the Spirit were working in them.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
-Prayer is powerful. Pray for others and ask people to pray for you
-Pray for people according to their situation. Pray specifically and let them know you are praying for them.
-Don’t look for special knowledge. The most important thing to know is God’s will and to have understanding that comes through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
-How do we know we are “walking worthy?” By whose standards to we measure ourselves? Our own? None?
-God’s Holy Spirit is the Real source of strength. Don’t try to go to a cheap imitation to bring you the gifts of the Spirit; peace, joy, happiness, patience, longsuffering, etc.”
-Thank God because He has qualified you. There’s no special knowledge. No hidden mystery. God reveals Himself freely and openly.
I encourage you to join, or begin a Bible discussion group so you may learn and grow with other people. For the greatest effect, be prepared to open yourself to others and join in the discussion. But don’t be afraid of silence. It’s ok to be in a group and have moments of silence together as we think about and take in what we have read.
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