Thursday, August 23, 2007

Colossians 2:1-8

Colossians 2:1-8

Hey! Another installment of our Bible study blog here...hope you are enjoying going through the book of Colossians together.

This passage is a good reminder to us all to stand firm in our faith, and strong in our belief of Jesus as the Son of God -- the Messiah -- the Risen Lord.

Look at our passage for this week, Colossians 2:1-8. What sticks out to you as you read this group of verses the first time through?

To me, I see the caring, protective heart of Paul as he warns the reader to be on the alert for the schemes of this world. Paul served people and even struggled because of his great love for God, and his desire to see God's people built up in the truth and unified in Christ Jesus.

Today, as we are unified in our belief and relationship with Jesus Christ the Son of God, we stand strong against the delusions of this world...strong amidst the politically correct mantra that every path leads to heaven, and that all gods are the same. Not much different from the deception of Paul's day really. Think about his speech in Athens, as he proclaimed the "unknown God". How many times do we see programs on TV that lead us to believe that our God is unknown in parts of today's culture too?

As a leader, missionary, church planter, and Christian, Paul rejoiced in the discipline of others, and in their spiritual growth. He was excited that the seeds he helped plant were bearing good fruit.

Look at verse 8 - what deception was Paul pointing out?
* philosophy
* empty deception
* according to the tradition of men
* according to the elementary principles of the world

Questions for you:
What deception from our culture follows those same lines?
How easily can believers fall prey to the traditions of man if we are not continually seeking the Lord?

Colossians 1:21-29

Colossians 1:21-29

Hey! Thanks for joining me for this week's look at Colossians.

Reading our passage for this week, Colossians 1:21-29, what is the main truth that sticks out to us?

God transformed us to use us.

He reconciled us, and brought us into His family.

We, the church, are called to share the hope of glory in us -- Christ in us.

We are called, as Paul was, to share the gospel, and fill the needs in the body of Christ, in the exact manner God has called us to do so!

I love verse 25, as it reminds us of the reason we serve God and others...the purpose of our calling..."Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God."

Paul was called by God to preach the Word, and it was for "the benefit" of others!

1. Do we minister to others from an absolute desire to benefit others? What happens if we begin to look out for our own benefits and blessings more than the blessings of those we are ministering to?

2. Are you living out the specific calling on your life? Are you trying to compete with someone else's ministry and calling?

3. No matter what you are involved with in church, ministry, life, and community, is your ultimate goal to share the gospel, the hope of glory?

Colossians 1:15-20

Colossians 1:15-20

Hey everybody! Last week we started off wonderfully with our blog Bible study of Colossians. Today, we'll go into the next section of the first chapter, verses 15-20. There's so much to discover. I'd love to have a good discussion here, so read the passage, and join in the conversation. (Go to for the discussion!)

Last week we discovered that Paul praised the followers for their steadfast walk in the Lord. Today, as the passage begins, Paul describes the all-powerful qualities of Jesus: He is in the image of God, He is the firstborn, Jesus was an active part of creation, He is before things, and He holds all things together. Before we go any further, think about all these descriptives.

Amazing, isn't it? Such a description confirms that Jesus is the focus of our entire existence, and God's big picture story.

But look at verse 18! Jesus is also the head of the church, and holds the first, and highest place in the promise of resurrection. It is through His resurrection that we have the promise of resurrection! Now, even though death is something most of us do not want to think of on a normal day like today, look at this promise. It is huge. Through Jesus, we conquer death. He showed us that in His own resurrection. Our day of rising awaits. Cool, huh? We truly serve an awesome and loving God.

Read Colossians 1:19-20 with me: "For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven."

We could spend weeks dwelling right here on these two verses. It was the Father's pleasure to lavish His plan on us through Jesus. It was the goal of the Father to reconcile everything to Jesus, and through the relationship of the Trinity, to Himself. Everything. Whether we choose Jesus or reject Him is up to us, but God wants that none should perish.

God wants us to be reconciled to Him, and to enjoy fellowship with Him. God wants all of us! "Reconciling" is such a hot topic now - and many times we see people so fixated on reconciling themselves to other humans and to earthly relationships in the name of unity that the entire biblical concept of reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ is thrown out the window.

In this passage, we are clearly shown that God's goal is to reconcile us to Jesus Christ. In Christ, we are reconciled to other believers. Why? Look at the rest of verses 19-20: "having made peace through the blood of His cross." It is through the blood shed on Calvary that we are reconciled to God through Jesus. The sacrificial blood of Jesus is the covenant by which God recognizes us as His children, and as part of the promise. Jesus has fulfilled every biblical covenant, and has become the only path by which we are reconciled to God.

Take a few moments to thank God for having you in mind when He provided His master plan for salvation, resurrection, and reconciliation. Ask Him to show you the many ways He has transformed you during your walk of faith, and praise Him for those victories!

Blog discussion questions: (go to to respond)

1. Verse 16 mentions that "by Him" all things were created, and that all things have been created "through Him and for Him." Jesus is central to our salvation, and also to our creation. How does this verse impact your heart?

2. Do churches today display their belief that Christ is the head of the church? If not, what or who seems to be in charge of the congregation? And with that, how does that affect the body of Christ as a whole - the church collective?

3. What is your reaction to the thoughts on reconciliation from verses 19-20?

Colossians Bible Study Blog Begins!

Colossians 1:1-14

Hey everyone!

I have begun a Bible study blog with my friends on my Shoutlife profile. It is a lot of fun, and I’ve decided to also post it here on my regular blog too! You’ll notice that I’m posting four at one time; this is the “archived” part of the study that we’ve already done.

After this, each Wednesday I'll post a passage, and after you read it, the blog, and the questions, then simply think about the questions or journal about them on your own. If you want to get in on the discussion, visit me on Shoutlife! (

It will give us a great way to spur each other on in the Word, with a much more casual feel than a formal class or group.We will go straight through Colossians first.

Today, let's look at Colossians 1:1-14. While many times we skim over the opening of a new letter, due to the seemingly simple list of praise and background, let's take a minute to look at Paul's intro.

He loves the people he ministers to.
He prays for them.
He expects the gospel to go forth.
He looks for the fruit of that gospel to be planted and manifested in the lives of those who hear it.

Look at verse 6. I shouldn't be amazed, but I am surprised that Paul points out that it is the "same Good News" (NLT). Are others coming along asserting that there is a "new" message?


Gnosticism is rampant...even squeezing into their church culture. And yet, while Paul confirms the reality that the real gospel message is the same gospel message it has always been, he takes time to praise God for the faithfulness of the committed believers.

And he prays for them.

Colossians 1:10-13 show us the heart's cry behind Paul's prayers - so that the believers will:- live a life worthy of their calling in Christ Jesus- please the Lord- bear fruit- grow in the knowledge of the Lord- be strengthened- joyfully praise God.

Why pray all these things for other believers?

Because we ALL have been rescued from darkness (v. 13) and brought into God's kingdom through our relationship with Jesus Christ. Amen.

So, bloggers, I challenge us all --

1. Do we pray for our fellow believers in this manner? Do we long to see these same qualities manifested in their lives?

2. Are these things from verses 10-13 present in our own lives?

3. Do we live each day in light of verse 13 - as forgiven overcomers who have an inheritance and freedom from darkness?

Be a person of praise and prayer this week. Imagine Paul's prayer is for you...and pray that the Lord will increase the measure of these areas of your life as well.


Friday, August 03, 2007

God Tube Favorites

Hey! I wanted to share some of my recent God Tube favorites.
Have a great day!

Are You This Man?:

Loving Christ and Loving Doctrine:

The Truth Behind the Secret: