12.4 Colossians

Brian & Chantal Schwebach


Colossians 1-4

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

A letter of Paul to the Church in Colosse.  Even though Paul has never met them, he is grateful for them and prays continually for them.  Paul explains how Jesus is the ruler over all things and all things hold together in Him.  We are reconciled to Christ through His death.  Because we died to our sins and are united with Him, our lives will look different as a result.  Paul goes on to give examples of how our lives should look in Christ.

What is one key verse?

Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  

How does what you read change your vision of God?

We are reminded just how much God trusted the Son to fulfill His plan for reconciliation. All of God’s fullness dwelled in Jesus (Col 1:19). We were once enemies of God because of our evil behavior, but Christ reconciled us through his death (Col 1:21-22). God believed in Jesus to fulfill His plan for salvation, and now he has charged us to Go and make disciples of all Nations (Matt 28:18-20). God is calling us to carry out His mission for the Kingdom of God. He is entrusting us to further His Kingdom.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

We want to follow Paul’s example in how he prayed for others.  We want to pray continually for other believers, even those we don’t know personally.  We should pray for spiritual growth and fruit for God’s churches around the world. If you haven’t started yet, you can start by praying for the churches who are participating in this Bible Vision reading:  Lansing, Dekalb, and Fort Wayne Churches of Christ.

How will you Go with God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

There are so many actions steps in this book!  But the one that stands out most to our family is this:  Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

This is how we try to live our lives every day and something we strive to teach our children. 

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by 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.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross. 

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