Break the Ice
What is your favorite way to relax and unwind? What downtime activity fulfills you most?
Key Passage: Colossians 1:9-10
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit brings, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,”
- Context: Colossians is Paul’s letter to the people of Colossae, a small city in what is now the country of turkey. Paul, who was in prison at the time of this writing, had never been to Colossae, but the Colossian church was started by his friend Epaphras. Epaphras visited Paul in prison and informed him that while the young church was doing well, these new believers were feeling cultural pressures to turn away from Jesus. False teachings were creeping and in threatened to corrupt the young church before it was truly established. This letter encourages the Colossians and challenges them to deepen their devotion to Jesus.
- Historical meaning: What was the original intent of this passage? What was Paul trying to get through to the Colossians?
- Present day meaning: What in this passage speaks to you in your life today?
Have 2-3 members share takeaways from their GO last week.
- The terms “knowledge,” “understanding,” and “wisdom” commonly get lumped together as synonyms, but they mean very different things. What are the key differences between these three terms?
• Knowledge: what the Bible says
• Understanding: what the Bible’s words mean
• Wisdom: how to apply what the Bible says to our lives
- When you read the Bible, do you feel like you most commonly come away with knowledge, understanding, or wisdom? Why?
- What are some actions you can take to continue the progression from knowledge to understanding to wisdom?
- What do you struggle most with when reading the Word? Are there any struggles you’ve had in the past that you’ve overcome (and if so, how?)?
- Read Ephesians 4:14. Do you often feel “tossed back and forth by the waves”? What are the “waves” in your life?
- How do these chaotic times affect your ability to grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of God?
- In practical application, what does it mean to be “bearing fruit in every good work” (Colossians 1:10)?
- Commit to (at minimum) spending 5 minutes each day to get into God’s Word this week. When will that be? Where will you do it?
- What can you do to quiet the waves in your life this week?
- Paul was intentional about praying for the Colossians and their burgeoning faith (v. 9). Who in particular can you pray for regarding their faith life this week?
Close in Prayer