Message Discussion Guide – 04/03/22 – Colossians



Break the Ice

 Tell the 90-second version of your worst first date. 


 Key Passage: Colossians 3:11-12 

 “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” 

  • 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. In the first and second chapters of Colossians, Paul encourages the new believers to stick with Christ and not fall for the philosophies of false religions. He also emphasizes the importance of being rooted and strengthened in Christ.
  • Historical meaning: How does this passage build on what Paul has written in the first two chapters? Why would these verses have presented a radical idea in these times? 
  • Present day meaning: What does this passage say to you specifically?

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

  1.  In Colossians 3:3, Paul writes that, because you died, your life is now hidden with Christ in God. What do you think he means by “hidden with Christ”? 
  2. The Bible frequently references clothing ourselves in good things: humility (1 Peter 5:5); honor and dignity (Job 40:10); Heavenly power (Luke 24:49). Colossians 3:12 instructs us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. What’s the significance of the “clothing” analogy? Why do you think the Bible’s writers return to it often? 
  3. Which of the five “pieces of clothing” listed in v. 12 do you commonly wear? Which are your strengths? 
  4. Which of the five “pieces of clothing” do you most struggle with? What are you doing to improve? 
  5. Often, people don’t deserve the compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, or patience from us. Extending these blessings can be hard and feel counterintuitive. Why does Jesus call us to show them to others anyway? 
  6. If we try to show these traits to people all the time, especially when it’s difficult, we’re likely to become discouraged, frustrated, and burnt out. What are some practical ways you can lean on God to help you? 
  7. In Luke 9:23, Jesus instructs His followers to take up their cross and follow Him. What does the phrase “take up your cross daily” practically mean in your life? 
  8. In v. 24, Paul writes “It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” How would your life look different if you applied that statement to your everyday life? 
  • What will you do to take up your cross this week? 
  • How can you play a helpful role in your church family this week? 
  • Identify which of the five pieces of clothing you really struggle with and take active steps to improve in that area. 

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