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Message Discussion Guide – 03/27/22 – Colossians

Colossians

03/27/22

Break the Ice

 You can only use one condiment for the rest of your life. What do you choose and why? 

 God

 Key Passage: Colossians 2:6-7 

 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” 

  • Context: After letting the young Colossian church know that he was praying for them, establishing Jesus’ divinity, and reminding them that Christ was worth suffering for, Paul used the second chapter of this letter to address the pressure the Colossians will face to turn away from Jesus. These new Christians had mostly grown up worshipping mythical Greek gods, and many added Jesus on as one more deity to worship. There was also an outside pressure for these believers to follow all the laws found in the Torah. Paul warns that giving into either of these temptations is a compromise and doesn’t honor Jesus as He deserves.
  • Historical meaning:  What is Paul saying, “so then” to? What thought or phrase is he building upon? How do these verses complement one another?
  • Present day meaning: What does this passage say to you specifically? 
     
Group

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

  1. Who are the people in your life that you have the strongest relationships with, that you feel “rooted to.” Is there a common denominator between these people? 
  2. In what ways are you “rooted to” Jesus? What intentional steps do you take each day and week to ensure that your faith roots run deep? 
  3. There are seasons where our faith roots are deep and strong; in others, they feel shallow and feeble. Why do you think this is? 
  4. What’s the status of your spiritual roots right now? 
  5. What foundation have you built your life on? What core principles and standards influence most of what you think, say, and do? 
  6. Colossians 2:8 warns the Colossians to be on the lookout for “hollow and deceptive philosophy.” What are some examples of this today? Are there any hollow traditions or philosophies you struggle with?
  7. Read John 16:33 and Galatians 6:9. How do these verses relate to this portion of Paul’s letter to the Colossians
  8. How (if at all) does Colossians 2:15 affect your view of Jesus’ crucifixion? 
Go
  • What tangible thing will you do each day this week to deepen your roots in Jesus? 
  • Who is someone that you can partner with to hold each other accountable and help each other deepen your roots? 
  • Evaluate the foundation on which your life is constructed on and determine if you need to make some adjustments. Pray that God would help you establish your roots in Him, not the shallow things of this world. 

Close in Prayer