Sept 3, 2017

Mature in Christ: Life Group Study 2

SPIRITUAL CONTEXT:

As we learn from our study last week, the Colossian church was under attack by false teachers. These false teachers believed that the Colossians' understanding of the Christian faith was insufficient. It didn't give them a full picture of who God really is. Therefore, these teachers said that they could add to their understanding by bringing in portions of other local religions as well as Judaism.

LITERARY CONTEXT:

Now that Paul has finished his introduction, he goes straight into his argument. He's trying to encourage the Colossians that they already have all that they need to be spiritually mature. They have Christ himself.  In this section, he lays out evidence as to why Christ is sufficient for a true understanding of God.

The scope of what Paul writes about Jesus is truly universal. Feel free to get as caught up as you would like in the meaning and implications of this passage, but the main goal is to see the big picture. Don't be worried if you haven't mined these verses for all their treasurers!


Scripture | Colossians 1:15-23

  1. What does Paul say is true about Jesus? Why do you think Paul wants the Colossians to understand this? — Verses 15-17
  2. How does this description of Jesus expand your understanding of who he is? How is this good news to you? Someone you know?
  3. What does this mean? Why would Paul want to Colossians to know and understand this fact? — Verse 18
  4. How is this fact comforting to you? Someone you know?
  5. What shift in his argument does Paul make here? Why do you think he does that? What does he want to Colossians to understand? — Verses 19-20
  6. What is shocking about these verses?
  7. What shift in his argument does Paul make here? Why do you think he does that? What is he trying to get the Colossians (and us) to understand? — Verses 21-22
  8. How are these truths good news to you? Someone with whom you live, work, play, and learn?
  9. What is Paul saying here? Why do you think he felt it necessary to put these instructions here? — Verse 23