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Colossians | Weeks One and Two

We have had some amazing discussions in our first week of study as we discovered truth for ourselves in the Book of Colossians “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson.

We are just beginning our discussion of Week Two this week, and no doubt it will be just as powerful!  We have dug deep into Chapter One these past two weeks. It’s like panning for gold, you sift and sift and keep uncovering golden nuggets of truth to store in the treasure chest of our hearts.

Paul begins his letter with greetings to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colosse.  I find it amazing that he penned another letter from prison in Rome where he was kept under close guard at all times.  However, he had the freedom to write and send out letters. Although imprisoned, Paul had freedom which only comes with knowing Jesus Christ.  It got me to thinking about how many of us are in a prison, locked away by circumstances beyond our control that has left us behind invisible bars. We have freedom in Christ; however, we choose to remain imprisoned by difficulties that wash over us like a rip-tide.

In Week One, Paul tells us that we have hope that is laid up for us in heaven which we heard in God’s Word of Truth…the Gospel (Colossians 1:5).

It’s that confident hope that frees us from our invisible prison only when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  God has given us a sure thing… Heaven…because of this we know our true destination and our salvation is a sure thing. Although the enemy will put doubts in our minds, we have been rescued from this domain of darkness, and transferred to the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).

What a beautiful promise! We are rescued, we are redeemed….from the darkness into His glorious light! Doesn’t this make you want to shout Hallelujah?

In Week Two, Paul warns the Colossians about certain dangers, which is the main purpose of his writing to the Colossians.

“I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.” Colossians 2:4

Kay Arthur wrote in Day Two that the word delude means “to cheat by false reckoning.”  This is the problem Paul wrote about to the church of Colosse, and it is an ongoing problem to us today.  If we do not study truth for ourselves, which is the whole purpose of Inductive Bible Studies, we are in danger of being deluded with persuasive arguments.  We could very easily be caught up in false doctrine that sounds like truth.  Christian faith provides a growth track into knowledge of the truth, but along the way we have to guard ourselves against being deceived by lies masquerading as “well-crafted arguments.”

The way we ground ourselves on the solid ground of God’s truths is to develop our knowledge of His Word, observing truth for ourselves, through prayer and daily Bible study.  My continued prayer is the prayer of Paul:

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it (the Gospel), we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:9-10). 

Let’s continue to pray this prayer of Paul as we continue our study of Colossians.

Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week: “Your only protection against believing a lie and being deluded by a persuasive argument is to know the Truth.”

I pray this study has been a blessing to you as it has for me! Can’t wait to join you in our discussion groups this week.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Read through Colossians as if you just received this letter in your mailbox. Write your first impressions of this book in your notebook or journal.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Write Chapter 1 of Colossians in your notebook or journal. 

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE FORTHCOMING WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Two, “That I May Know the Truth!” Follow the instructions for the daily assignments.
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Store in your heart Colossians 1:15-16 (Week Two, Day Seven). A “Store in Your Heart” form is located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
  • If you haven’t done so already in Week One, do an online word study on “the Gospel” (Colossians 1:5) at http://www.blueletterbible.org. Record your findings on the Word Study Form located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK TWO (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. Paul’s primary warning to the church at Colosse is found in Colossians 2:4, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument.” What was Paul trying to warn them about?  Is this a warning for us today?  Why or why not?
  2. What did you learn about knowledge (wisdom) this week? How did this compare to the cross references we read in Isaiah 11:1-2 about wisdom and knowledge?
  3. What does the phrase first-born mean? Does it mean Jesus is the first thing God created? Explain your answer from what we studied this week. (Colossians 1:18)
  4. What does Paul mean that we were once hostile to the things of God? (Colossians 1:21)
  5. In what ways has the Holy Spirit encouraged your heart as you observed who Christ is and what He has done for you as a child of God?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK ONE:

  1. What did you learn about the gospel from marking the references to it? How has the gospel made an impact in your life?
  2. What did you learn about the way Paul prayed for the Colossians in 1:3-14? What are the results of being “filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding”?
  3. What did you learn about Jesus from Colossians 1? How would you teach this to a new Christian?
  4. What does reconciliation mean? How are you reconciled to God? (Colossians 1:20)
  5. How did the Holy Spirit minister to you this week as you learned about the gospel and prayer? What is one action that you will do differently because of what you have learned?

 Praying for you,

 

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Colossians “That I May Know Him” | Introduction Week

Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Colossians, “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson.  In our previous study of Philippians we discovered that knowing Him is “knowing joy.”  We are continuing our joy journey in Colossians and will discover that knowing Him is knowing “His power.”

What an exciting journey we are about to embark on for the next nine weeks.  This first week is an “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study thing works.  We want your online Bible study experience to be positive and enjoyable.

Many of you are just beginning your first Inductive Bible study.  Please take time before beginning this study to read “How to Get Started…” in your study book on pages 5 through 8.  It contains some helpful information on how to use this Bible Study Guide to help you understand the Inductive Bible study process that we will be using each week.   Order your Bible Study guide by clicking here —> Colossians.

Each day’s study time will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on the day’s study.  I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions.  I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am better able to keep that time on a consistent basis.  It also helps to have all your study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated:  Your Bible, Bible study book, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, etc.

I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week.  Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person.  We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below.  This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group.  Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.

We will begin discussing WEEK ONE in your Bible study workbook the week of October 16th.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Before you begin the lessons each week, read through the entire Book of Colossians from start to finish.  You may also want to read Colossians in several different versions to grasp the depth of the message.  Record your first impressions and thoughts in your notebook or journal. What type of literature is Colossians?

Assignment For the Week

  • Write a personal letter to God in your journal or notebook. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule.  The small group schedule is pinned to the top of the private click here –>Inductive Studies Chat Room.
  • Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one-hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time.
  • Begin your study of Week One on Page 49 in your study guide and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.

Introduction Week Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What motivated you or drew you to this online Inductive Bible study, and what do you hope to learn from your study time in Colossians?
  2. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “power”?
  3. Who is your favorite childhood superhero and why?
  4. What is the first thing you do when you are in the middle of a crisis?
  5. This study is nine weeks long. What can you do to stay motivated so that you will finish strong?

Blessings,

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Register for Colossians Online Inductive Study | Begins October 9, 2017

Registration is now open for Colossians “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson. If you joined us for Philippians, you do not need to register again.  If you missed the study of Philippians, you can still register and join us for Colossians which will begin on October 9, 2017.  We will be using the same study guide as we used for Philippians. Colossians begins on page 49 of the study guide.

In this letter of Colossians, Paul once again wrote from prison to give encouragement to the church of Colosse and to warn the believers of the danger of false teachings that could lead them astray from the truth about the Gospel and Jesus Christ.  What a powerful letter this is for us to study today!  We have to know truth for ourselves, and that is the whole purpose of studying the Bible inductively so we can discern between truth and false doctrine.

Colossians is another life-changing study that will also help you find joy in all your circumstances and empower you to walk in a manner worthy of your high calling in Christ.

Purchase the paperback book or Kindle version click here —> Amazon.  You will also need a notebook or journal for working on your assignments and recording your insights.

How the Online Bible Study Works

  • Every Monday morning – I’ll post a brief weekly summary along with the discussion questions in our private Facebook group where we will hold all our discussions.
  • Small Groups – All you have to do is pick a day and time that fits your schedule and jump into the discussion via our private Facebook group. There will be a group photo that the leader will post announcing the day/time of the discussion. The Colossians small group schedule is pinned to the top of our private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/

How to Register for the online Inductive Bible Studies

  • COMMENT BELOW to register for Colossians 
  • Join our private Facebook small group. Click the link below to join.  All our discussions will take place in this private Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/
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We look forward to seeing you on October 9th.

Blessings,

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