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Message Discussion Guide – 03/20/22 – Colossians

Colossians

03/20/22

Break the Ice

 If you could live the life of one movie character, who would you choose? 

 God

 Key Passage: Colossians 1:15-17 

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is above all things, and in Him all things hold together.” 

  • Context: Writing to the new believers in Colossae, Paul started his letter by encouraging the young church. He expresses pride in their early growth and lets them know that he is praying for them to continually be filled and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. In the second portion of chapter one, Paul focuses on the divinity of Jesus, the exalted Messiah, and the suffering he has endured to spread the Good News. Paul is currently in prison for announcing to the Greek and Roman world that Jesus is the resurrected King over all. But he doesn’t see his suffering as a sign of defeat; he considers it an honor to suffer as Jesus did and is grateful for the opportunity to tell others about Him. 
  • Historical meaning: Why do you think Paul considered it so important to drive home Jesus’ power and divinity in this passage? 
  • Present day meaning: What does this passage say to you specifically? Why do you need to be reminded of (or taught about) Jesus’ majesty? 
Group

Have 2-3 members share takeaways from their GO last week. 

  1. The Bible frequently refers to Jesus in terms such as “friend” (John 15:15) and “comforter” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Though these descriptors are 100% accurate, do they at times cause you to forget how powerful and glorious Jesus is? If so, why? 
  2. What can you (or do you) do to maintain a proper perspective of Jesus’ divinity?
  3. Take 15 seconds of silence to consider that Jesus, the perfect being that created you, chose to humble Himself and become one of you only so He could die for you. How can you respond to that kind of love?
  4. In Luke 20:17, Jesus refers to Himself as the “Cornerstone.” In what ways is Jesus the cornerstone of your life? In what ways can you elevate Him to be your life’s cornerstone?
  5. Jesus said, “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” What does this verse mean to you?
  6. There is both a majesty and a meekness in our personal relationship with Jesus. Do you wrestle with this dichotomy, or embrace it? 
  7. Think of someone who’s an “enemy in your mind” (Colossians 1:21). What would it take to reconcile with them? How does this comparison affect how you view Jesus’ actions? 
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  • What can you do each day this week to remind yourself of Jesus’ boundless majesty and divinity? 
  • Examine your life and determine if there’s something that needs to be cut out in order for you to fully appreciate and experience God’s greatness. 

Close in Prayer