Today is Tuesday, May 22th, 2018. We are in week two of our ‘Church as Family’ series, and we press on continuing to discover what it means to call each other brothers and sisters in Christ. We continue to discover what the intimacy of Christ’s church looks like locally. Today we look at Paul’s caution to true believers of the Church, to keep a keen eye for those who are within the body, disrupting the spread and teaching of the true Gospel, that they may benefit in some way by leading others astray. Please join us at our Sunday morning Gatherings, held at 9:00 am and 10:45 am.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What was the original purpose of our creation (humanity)? What is Jesus’ ultimate purpose in the cross?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Colossians 1:15-20]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
_How does v.15 compare to what Jesus says in John 10: 28-30. What does v.15 and John 10:30 establish about Jesus’ comparison to the Father?
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
_How does v.16 compare to John 1: 1-4? What do these sections tell us about Jesus’ role in creation? What does it mean when v.16 says that all things were made through and for him?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
_What does v.17 have to say against the idea that God is only selectively active in the universe? What does this say about his omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience?
_How does v.18 relate to 1 Peter 2:1-7 (where he is called the Living Stone, as well as the Cornerstone of the Church? What does it mean to be preeminent before ALL things?
_What does v.19 establish about Jesus in correlation to his Godliness, and what do v.19-20 reveal about Jesus’ ultimate purpose of the cross in relation to all of his creation?
_Ultimately what does this passage reveal about the authority Jesus has over the universe, and what does that mean for his Bride, the church, where he calls himself the Groom and the head? Where must all of the church submit to, and look up to?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that lead us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in a relationship. If you know who this person is God is calling you to walk with; How can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?