COLOSSIANS – Chapter 1:9-14
Quick Review:1. What book of the Bible are we reading? Colossians
2. Who wrote this book? Paul
3. To whom was it written? Believers in Colossae
4. Why was this book written? Gnostics claimed they had the supernatural knowledge necessary for salvation. Paul wrote to clear up the true identity of Jesus Christ and wrote against the false teachings of the day.
5. Who started the church in Colossae? Epaphras
Why is that information important?o Context – The set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event or situation.
o Example – If I said, “He kicked the dog.” What is your immediate reaction to that statement? Now let me put it into context. “The little girl had fallen down on the street and the large and angry canine attacked her. The aging man ran out of his house as fast as his wobbly legs could carry him. He kicked the dog, and grabbed the girl saving her life.” Do you see how context matters? As you read the Bible or listen to the Bible, think about the context.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1. Paul prayed for something specific for the Colossians. What was it?
a. Knowledge of God's will (God’s plan and desires for them).2. Why did he want them to know God’s will?
a. So they would live a worthy life and please God.3. How can you tell if you are living a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing him?
a. Bearing fruit
b. Growing in knowledge of God
c. Being strengthened with his power
d. Having great endurance and patience
e. Joyfully giving thanks to God4. What has God done for us that will give us an inheritance that we should be joyful and thankful for?
a. Rescued us from darkness and forgave our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Questions to Ponder (Note: These get sent home with each student.):
1. Is anyone praying for you to know God’s will? If you aren’t sure, ask someone to do that for you. Ask someone you trust to pray for you to know God’s plan and desires for your life.
2. Are you looking for God’s plan and desires for your life? Are you reading your Bible? Are you talking to God? Are you going to church to learn more about God? When you go, are you listening and paying attention?
3. Do you see any of these things in your life that would show you and others that you are living for God?
- a. Bearing fruit
- b. Growing in knowledge of God
- c. Being strengthened with his power
- d. Having great endurance and patience
- e. Joyfully giving thanks to God
Group Blessing:May God fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
May you live a life worthy of the Lord and may you please him in every way:Bearing fruit in every good work
Growing in the knowledge of God
Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
So that you may have great endurance and patience and joyfully give thanks to the Father.