Q: Why is it important that masters are included in the equation? (v.22) It is a heart that is sincere and not merely going through the motions. 3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. I attended a denominational meeting a few years back at which the person facilitating a discussion time asked the following question to a group of pastors: "What would you tell someone who approached you asking how to become saved?" 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. A: These same characteristics which are present in someone filled with the Word produce the same blessings as someone filled with the Spirit. Life Application Before the Activity: Write Colossians 3:16 on the board. Feelings are hurt, pride is offended, and what remains is truly whether we believe we are sinners desperately in need of forgiveness and saving. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 14 Above all, put on love-the perfect bond of unity. (This can be done as an entire group together or in smaller groups of 3). Incorruption & immortality (I Corinthians 15:53, 54). Q: What personal relationships are specifically being addressed here? Q: How does v.25 illustrate a basic truth about the Christian life in all situations? The ultimate application of this teaching is one of self-examination: Those relationships are the visible proof of a life that has truly crucified the “old self” and is living like the “new self” in the character and power of a resurrected life in Christ. A: Believers are to no longer live in the character of the “old self” but we are to “put on the new self” (v.10) The proof of a regenerate life is a changed life. When shall it appear? 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. Details about PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, & PHILEMON (LIFE APPLICATION By Barton Bruce EXCELLENT Excellent Condition! 22Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Q: What is the specific proof of the existence of what Paul terms “renewal” in v.11? Chapter 4, verse 1 is actually the end of this discussion. Can it be proved by the quality of your workplace relationships. Jesus is the judge of all the earth. The idea of being raised with Christ was introduced back in Colossians 2:12, where Paul used baptism to illustrate this spiritual reality. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. But because they do not teach these verses within the proper context of the whole chapter, they are not providing the greater teaching and motivation for putting that behavior into practice. 1Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. Verse 17 represents a culmination of the entire chapter and is one of those verses of Scripture that has such broad application that it is well worth taking the time to meditate upon and memorize. In Verse 14 Paul says that we must, as the primary evidence that we are united in Christ, put on love. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Paul has just finished establishing the fact that the community formed by and in Christ is not divided along ethnic, societal, or any other boundary-our identity is in Christ as part of His church. Q: How would this be a dramatic contrast to the religions of the day? Various Christian qualities (Colossians 3:12). The significance of this is great. 2025 COLOSSIANS 2039 1 THESSALONIANS 2048 2 THESSALONIANS 2054 1 TIMOTHY 2066 2 TIMOTHY 2075 TITUS 2081 PHILEMON 2085 HEBREWS 2113 JAMES 2124 1 PETER 2137 2 PETER 2143 1 JOHN 2155 2 JOHN 2158 3 JOHN ... spreading the gospel, theLife Application Study Bibletook many years to complete, and Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, … Leader: [ pdf | • | docx ] Condition: Very Good We are changed from the heart as evidenced by those behaviors listed in v.12-13. Setting our mind “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” establishes the path which our visible actions and behavior follow. Christ (Galatians 3:27). In today’s devotion, we will be looking at Colossians 3:12-17 to help us do just that. What you do with your life, is up to you. 1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. The Life Application Bible Commentary series is ideal for personal Bible study, small groups, classes, and sermon preparation. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. He judges us not as groups, but one at a time. Q: How do we relate this to ourselves personally? Putting on the Gospel: A Devotion From Colossians 3:12-17. We should not preach the doctrines of chapters 1-2 at the expense of the duties for practical application of those doctrines in chapters 3-4. Given the personal nature of much of Paul's language throughout the passage, it seems helpful to remind ourselves that the Gospel has implications for the way we interact with our technology teams, music teams, facilities teams, leadership, and really everyone who is a part of the church. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Q: What are the “evil practices” which Paul says prove the presence of the characteristics of v.5 which he calls “the old self”? (1-2) - Seek those things which are above, where Christ is - Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth 3) Where is our "life" at the present? Included in this discussion of Christian households are guidelines for bondservants (Colossians 3:22—4:1). The temptation in the heat of the moment for us tech folks is to be so focused on preventing a distraction or quality lapse in our areas of responsibility, that we forsake Paul's command to love and to let "the peace of the Messiah" govern our interactions with one another. (3-4) - Hidden with Christ in God - When Christ appears (i.e., His Second Coming) 4) What sins are we to "put to death"? The Life Application Bible Studies book series by multiple authors includes books Life Application Bible Study: Judges (Niv), Life Application Bible Study Guide: Hosea and Jonah, Life Application Bible Study Guide: Revelation, and several more. 1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. What are four kind things Paul says about them in 1:1-1:8? 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. A: The “old self” (v.9) and the “new self” (v.10). A: “…not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of the heart fearing the Lord”. How does such a process work? Q: Why does Paul say in v.8 to “put them all aside”? 1 per page [ pdf ] Q: What is the model for a visibly, regenerate believer? However, one cannot escape the importance of doctrine, the Word of God, and corporate expressions of worship (music explicitly), which are mentioned in this rare and small window into the worship of the very early church. Verses 15 and 16 contain the language of letting. - For ye died, and your life is hid, with Christ, in God (Colossians 2:11-13, 20; Ephesians 4:22; Philippians 3:20; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 7:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 3:23; John 15:5; John 12:26; Revelation 3:21).In this hidden life of the Christian lies the ground and the spring of the more outward life of thought and endeavour of vers. Please read Colossians 3 completely before beginning. Living the New Life. Paul appeals to three prerogatives to motivate the Colossians: they are “elect,” “holy,” and “beloved.” These are titles God gives to those who know him. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Although there is an application for all aspects of life, what is specifically being targeted here is what takes place within the Church. 12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Living as Those Made Alive in Christ. Most of the lessons are short. Each Christian family member is to exhibit changed behavior in direct relationship to their respective position in the family. For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at 919-325-0120 or info@churchproduction.com, Putting on the Gospel: A Devotion From Colossians 3:12-17. 16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. Children and fathers are then addressed (Colossians 3:20–21). As it states in v.3, “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God”—the working of the cross, and therefore as stated in v.4 when Christ is revealed at the ultimate work of resurrection, “then you also will be revealed with Him in glory”. A: Here we are provided with the practices of the “new self”, the chief characteristics of someone who has undergone an authentic “renewal”. You have a free will. 1; Colossians 3:14 Marks of a Transformed Life - Pt. However, it is especially helpful here within the "clothing that we put on" context of this passage, as love is expressed as something to cover all that we are and do. How can we pray for each other to help us apply what we are discovering? How can we apply this section of the letter to the Colossians to our life today? At this point in verse 12, Paul simply begins describing attributes that are to be fruit of the gospel in our lives as believers. God will not force himself upon you. Q: How does our behavior in this situation reflect the overall behavior Paul addresses from the outset of this chapter? 1. Having established that Christ must be preeminent in all things doctrinally, Paul takes it a step further to show that Christ must also be preeminent in our lives personally. Week Three – Colossians 2:6-3:10 Q: What is the chief behavior evidencing a right Christian heart in the workplace? 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. The idea of accepting one another is not that we should not keep one another accountable and bear one another's burdens, but rather that we should love each other in such a way that reflects the love of Christ to the world outside. Colossians 1:1-23 The Work of Jesus Christ in You Before addressing their specific concerns and needs Paul lets them know how much he cares for them. This is an interesting idea in that the peace of Christ is to be the decisive factor in our relationships with others and in our circumstances in general. Q: What is the priority of family relationships in the scheme of things? A: It is our conduct in the course of our daily work. 1 Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Download the Study Notes:[ pdf | • | docx ], Group Handout: 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. In 15, we are to let the peace of the Messiah, which Paul again relates to our having been called to unity in the church, rule over the condition of our hearts. Specifically, this is tested when conflict arises. 4 When Christ, who is your [] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory 2; Colossians 3:15 Marks of a Transformed Life - Pt. A: It is the working of the resurrection. Application Point 2: The Gospel has implications in all of life-in our relationships, our decisions, and the way we lead and serve the church. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. Even further, amidst a context where preparations for church services must happen every week, for the church technical servant, this requires devotion-a true sense that time with God and in His Word must both come before and be the motivation and clothing for all of the technical, pastoral, and creative elements to our jobs. But just like when we get a new computer, it is so helpful for someone to show how to do different things. Verse 3. Notice, however, that building on the idea of putting off the old man and putting on the new man from verses nine and 10, Paul says to "put on" these things. 1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Application Point 1: The Gospel is more than that which saves; it is also that which changes! Colossians 3:1-4 Christ Is Your Life; Colossians 3:5-7 Putting Sin to Death, Pt. 4 per page [ pdf ]. Colossians 3:1-17 – “It’s All About Christ!”. Group Discussion Question 2: What are some ways in which the Gospel might be made to dwell more richly among us? 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. If the believer is aware of his relationship to God, he can live the Christian life as it should be lived. How does Paul describe his purpose in life and his calling? A: “…anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech…” (v.8) along with lying to one another. Surely these previous ideas find a general application in the concept of the Gospel dwelling richly among us. Certainly this is not a simple issue, and the issues of contextualization, culture, and overall Church vision are key elements to the discussion. 4When Christ, who is your [a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Q: What is being specifically addressed here? 21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. A: In his correspondence with Timothy Paul established that the first place our Christian faith should go to work is in the home. We get the individual sense from what has come before and the corporate sense in what is spelled out after. Colossians 3:25 "But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons." For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. However, if you cannot do the entire lesson one week, please read the Bible passage(s) covered by the lesson. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive. The new self (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10). 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Practical Application: Although Paul addresses many areas, the basic application for us today is the total and complete sufficiency of Christ in our lives, both for our salvation and our sanctification. 5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. Such in our family who are not believers are not going to act according to this standard because they first need to come to Christ. 2 PHILIPPIANS from the Life Application Study Bible 17 COLOSSIANS from the Life Application Study Bible 333 How to Use This Bible Study 355 Lesson 1:Partners Philippians 1:1-11 399 Lesson 2:Defeating Discouragement Philippians 1:12-26 43 Lesson 3:United with a Cause Philippians 1:27–2:11 Our life in Christ (3:1-17) Raised with Christ (3:1-4) 1 If then you have been raised up with Christ, … In chapter 3 Paul not only makes it an issue of paramount personal importance, but teaches that this must be revealed in our Christian fellowship, our family relationships, and even in the daily workplace. In 15 we are to let the Gospel, "the message about the Messiah," inhabit our lives both individually and corporately as the church. The Basic Study This study guide consists of 12 lessons covering Paul’s letter to the Colossians. 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