Grateful for Remaining Faithful Bible Study

Week 1 – Grateful for Remaining Faithful

Colossians 1:1-14

PRAY 

Begin this time in prayer, confessing any sins you can recall, thanking the Lord for the gift of His Word, and asking for His Spirit to guide your study.

MEMORIZE

Colossians 1:9-10 – Write it out to get your memorization started.

OBSERVE

Every time we study the Bible, the first thing to ask is, “What do I see?”. This is the crucial skill of observation, and it lays the groundwork for the rest of the study. We will learn a new observation skill each week to practice along with the others we have already learned. This week, simply reach the passage and write down one to two observations for each verse in the space below. Observations might identify people, places, or events, point out repeated words or key terms, record important connections between words and sentences, or even pain tout something missing that we expected to see. For example, an observation from verse 1 is “Paul identifies as an apostle.”

  1. What key themes does Paul introduce at the beginning of this letter?
  1. Based on your observations, what is the general tone of the beginning of this letter?

INTERPRET

Observations from Colossians 1:1-14 should have stirred up questions like, “What is an apostle?” How do we answer such questions? Fortunately, we do not have to run to a commentary or study Bible for the answers (though these are helpful tools to check our conclusions)! The most important interpretation skill is to use the context. Look for important clues in the sentences and paragraphs that come before and after the vests in question. Try to follow the author’s flow of thought through the whole chapter. Using the context may take to you to the previous section and cause you to reach ahead in the book for clues. A second skill is to study related to the verses you are studying. Each lesson atypically has cross references to look up. 

  1. The word gospel simply means “good news.” What particular good news are Paul and Timothy speaking of in 1:5? (See Romans 1:1-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-6) How does the rest of this passage demonstrate why this message is such good news?
  1. What is the relationship between faith, love, and hope in verses 4-5? How do they fit together? Why is each so essential to our spiritual lives? If one is weak, how are they other two affected? (See 1 Corinthians 13:13 and Ephesians 1:15-18)
  1. In verses 9-12, why does Paul pray for these believers to be filled with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding? What should these things produce in our lives? (See Romans 12:2 and James 3:17)
  1. According to this passage, what had God done for us so that we can “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”? (See Acts 26:18; Romans 8:2-4; Ephesians 1:19-20)
  1. In verse 12, for what “inheritance” are we to be thankful? How does it relate to the redemption provided to us in verse 14? (See also Colossians 3:24; Romans 8:23; Ephesians 1:13-14)

APPLY

Our Bible study is only complete once we apply what we’ve learned. Begin by answering a few reflection questions designed to demonstrate how each passage relates to our own lives. Next, step back and look at the passage as a whole and list potential principles. A “principle” is simply a fact or command stated or implied in a particular passage that is practically relevant to our lives. A principle is not specific to a particular person or time. Finally, decide on specific action steps the tyou will begin to take right away to apply the principle in your daily life and consider how the principle impact the relationships in your life.

  1. If we are to please God “in all respects,” then which areas of your life would not be pleasing to Him? What needs to change so that those areas of your life are realigned to His will and desire?
  1. Are you trying to please God and do good works in your own strength? How can you depend on His Spirit this week in a new way?
  1. Prayerfully determine the main biblical truth or principle that God revealed to you during your study. A few questions to ask are:

Is there a promise for me to claim?

Is there a truth for me to believe?

Is there a command for me to obey?

  1. What specifically will you do this week to begin applying this principle in your daily life? Determine how this truth or principle impacts the relationships in your life where you live, work, and play.

Create a personal application statement that expresses how you will apply this truth to your life.


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