Last week Aaron spoke on Colossians 3:1 and challenged us to ‘set your hearts on things above’. This week, we continued in Colossians 3, and Joe challenged us to ‘set your minds on things above’. Both of these commands are present imperative, meaning that this process is continuous. We must choose again and again and again to focus all of our life – our family, our job, our friends, our church – on Christ as He sits at the right hand of God.
Have you ever had your heart set on receiving a certain gift? Did the anticipation of receiving that gift have an effect on how you acted and/or what you thought about?
Paul wrote Colossians from prison to the church in Colossae, a small city about 100 miles east of Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). The church was under attack from false teachers, including those who were teaching that Jesus was not actually God. Paul counters with this letter emphasizing the supremacy of Jesus Christ, and the completeness of His salvation. In chapter 1, Paul writes, “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 before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.” Is Christ first in your life?
Share with your group what the #1 priority in your life is.
Read Colossians 3:1. What does it mean that ‘you have been raised with Christ’?
Matthew 28 contains what we call “The Great Commission”, which was given by Jesus to His disciples. At its core, it was meant to be carried out in community. As a church, how do we come alongside God’s heart – to seek and to save all who are lost (Luke 19:10; 2 Peter 3:9) – and make Christ known to the world around us?
What is your first reaction when you hear the words “Great Commission” or “witnessing”?
Paul was a persecutor of the church until Jesus knocked him to the ground and confronted him with the reality of Who He is (Acts 9). Within a few years, he was traveling and preaching the gospel from Antioch to Philippi to Thessalonica to Athens to Colossi to Ephesus to Macedonia, establishing churches in many cities. His mission to preach the gospel landed him in prison, from which he continued to reach out via letter to the churches he established.
Share with your group your favorite mystery book or movie.
Read Ephesians 3:1-13. Why does Paul say he was in prison? Do you think he’s trying to make the Ephesians feel guilty?