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Colossians #4: No one said it would be easy
Glory – high renown or honor won by notable achievements
Col 1:27 “…God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Doxa (dokeo) to think, to consider
Paul’s suffering on behalf of the church (vs. 24)
Suffering will either make you bitter or it will make you better.
Paul’s priviledge to proclaim the mystery of the gospel to everyone (vs. 25-28)
Christ in you is the answer
Paul’s labor for the sake of producing everyone mature in Christ (vs. 29)
That’s Paul, but what about you?
In this passage, Paul explains that his primary calling to make the word of God ‘fully known’ is fraught with challenges, but challenges his faces gladly. What is one of the most significant challenges you have faced in your life? How did you handle it? What got you through it?
Paul mentions “sufferings” for the sake of the Colossian believers. What kinds of sufferings do you recall from Scripture that Paul endured? Why do you think someone would be willing to endure hardship for the sake of Jesus/His people?
In verse 26, Paul mentions “the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.” What is the mystery? (Note: Ephesians 3:7-10 and Romans 16:25-27 also mention this idea)
Why do you think Paul uses the words he does to describe his ministry? What words would you use to describe your ministry?
Paul indicates that the goal of his ministry is to “present everyone mature in Christ.”What do you think a mature person in Christ might look like? Why aim for this?
Verse 29 says, “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” How is it that God works his energy through our effort? How have you seen this work through you?
Many Christians seem to gauge spiritual maturity based on the amount of biblical knowledge a person has. Is this a good indicator of spiritual maturity? Why or why not?
Paul says that his message for developing maturity in others is proclaiming Jesus himself (“Him we proclaim,” verse 28). Why is it so important that we preach Jesus to one another constantly in our personal interactions with each other?
Paul seems to be in anguish about helping the Colossians grow closer to Jesus. How serious are you about helping others grow towards maturity in Christ? Yourself?
Use this time together to pray for the person on your right. Pray for their pursuit of spiritual maturity. Pray also for your spiritual leaders: pastors, group leaders, parents, etc.