Please begin with prayer.
Ministry requires strength. Certainly the Lord wants us to be faithful by putting all our God-given talents and gifts to use in ministry, but we must always remember that it is God's Spirit and strength that actually does the ministry in our hearts and in the hearts of those to whom we minister. In this study, we will visit what Paul says in Colossians about living a Christ centered life.
Answer the following questions. They will be discussed at the meeting in the sixth week.
Read Colossians 1:4-13 in your Bible. From time to time in this study, quotes will be from The Message, a paraphrase of Scripture. Be sure to compare it to the King James or NIV that you are probably using. It should add clarity to your study.
In Colossians 1:4-5 we can see that Paul had heard three things about the church in Colossi. What had he heard?
What Scripture do these three traits bring to mind? If you remember Paul's writings in 1 Corinthians 13, you are correct. Turn to that chapter and read what Paul says is at the heart of serving Christ.
Paraphrasing verse Colossians 1:5, The Message says, "The lines of purpose that never grow slack, tightly tied to your future in heaven, kept taught by hope."
Please write why you have hope as a Christian.
How does having this hope sustain you through hard and difficult times?
Paul must have thought that faith, love and hope are very important to the Christian since he mentions the consistently in the Word. Read Colossians 1:6.
What was the result for the believers in Colossi of having these three traits as a foundation of their faith? (See verse
Paul also says in verse 6 that this hope and the results of this hope are for the world. What does this mean to a believer's ministry?
Read verse Colossians 1:7-8. In this verse, Paul says that Epaphras was a witness to the faith, love and hope of the church in Colossi. The Messages says,
"....how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit." From this passage, what empowers the believer to live out faith, love, and hope in their lives?
As a believer, how do you believe that the Holy Spirit impacts your ability to live for Christ?
Read Colossians 1: 9-13
There are several things Paul prayed in the lives of these believers. What are they?
The Message says Paul prayed that God would give the believers, "wise minds and spirits attuned to the will of God, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works." Please think of three ways in which you can find the will of God. There are clues in this text that will help.
Paul tells us that we must do have these things so we can, "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work." What does this mean to us as we prepare to live an "everyday" mission trip in life?
Finally, Paul prays, "…you'll have strength to stick it out over the long haul- not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory strength that God gives." This verse tells us where are strength comes from to live for Jesus when things get hard. Who and what gives us strength?
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Are you willing to seek God for glory strength when things are good and when they get hard?
The Word says that we overcome by the word of our testimony. How do you think living this glory strength, over comer's life impacts your testimony to others for Jesus Christ?
The believers in Colossi had a powerful testimony and effective ministry. Each of us who desire the same effectiveness should closely study this model that honors our Lord. Please pray and ask the Lord to minister in areas that this study brought up weakness. Thank God for the times He has shown Himself faithful in your life. Finally, thank Him in advance for the chance to serve Him each day- whether on the mission field or of your everyday mission.
Blessings! We go in the name of our Lord and for His purposes!
By: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2006