Colossians & Philemon - New!

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We all live with the need for more—more wisdom, more experience, more control, more faith. The New Testament books of Colossians and Philemon were written to address this profound sense of need. As you dig into these ten studies you'll gain a new appreciation for fulfillment in Christ.


Getting the Most Out of Colossians & Philemon
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.

Session One

Letter from a Famous Stranger
How would you describe the emotional tone of Paul’s letter? How would you respond to a letter with the same tone?
Colossians 1—4

Session Two

Thanks & Prayer
According to Paul, true knowledge leads to a “life worthy of the Lord.” What qualities does such a life include? In what specific ways do you see these qualities developing in your life?
Colossians 1:1-14

Session Three

Why is peace so difficult to achieve between people? Within yourself? How does God’s sovereignty enable Him to be a peacemaker?
Colossians 1:15-23

Session Four

Growing Pains
In the New Testament the term mystery refers not to something mysterious but to something previously hidden that God now wishes to make clear. What feelings does the mystery of “Christ in you” arouse?
Colossians 1:24—2:5

Session Five

No Additions Needed
What “shadows” were the Colossians adding to the “reality” they had found in Christ? Why do such humanly conceived additions appeal to us?
Colossians 2:6-23

Session Six

New Life
What do you think Paul means by “things above” and “earthly things”? In what kinds of situations are you tempted to set your heart and mind on earthly things?
Colossians 3:1-11

Session Seven

New Lifestyle
Why does Paul begin by reminding us who we are in God’s sight? How does the description “God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved” compare to your view of yourself?
Colossians 3:12-17

Session Eight

At Home & on the Job
What difference would it make in family relationships if the members wanted to please the Lord and encourage each other?
Colossians 3:18—4:1

Session Nine

Making the Most of Opportunities
Paul gives us advice about the way we live and converse with non-Christians. In what ways might you “be wise in the way you act toward outsiders” and “make the most of every opportunity”?
Colossians 4:2-18

Session Ten

Mending Fractured Relationships
Paul reminds Philemon that he could order him to receive Onesimus back as a brother. If we lack love for a person, why must we still be willing to forgive and accept him or her?
Philemon 1-25

Total number of pages - 63 pages

Martha Reapsome is a former Midwest director of Neighborhood Bible Studies, Inc. (now known as Q Place) in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She also wrote the LifeGuide® Bible Study Marriage with her husband, James Reapsome.

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