Memorize & Meditate {M&M} November 2015 – Colossians 1

Memorize & Meditate {M&M} November 2015 - Colossians 1

Memorize & Meditate {M&M}

November 2015 –  Colossians 1

 

Colossians 1   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. 25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

M&M November 2015

Colossians 1

Repeating words and phrases:

Saints

Heard

All

Will

Every

This passage is packed full! Print out the Scripture and the study guide. Pray, read and mark it all up as you dive in. Pray that God would open your eyes and teach you by the power of His Holy Spirit. Read the verses a couple of times, maybe even in a couple of different versions. Then mark the parts that jump out at you, the words you want to study further. Dare to go deeper and prepare to be blessed!

Who is this book written to? Who does the author characterize his audience?  Who wrote/sent it to them? What is the author doing continually on behalf of his readers?

In verses 4-8 Paul outlines the progression of their faith journey. Outline it here:

What is the Gospel? What is your role in advancing it?

Verse 5 mentions the ‘hope laid up in Heaven’. What is that?

Hearing is a key aspect of faith. Read Romans 10. What does this passage say about the importance of hearing? How does this passage challenge you?

Verse 3 and 9 mirror each other. Verse 3 explains why,  that they pray ‘since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus’. Verse 9 tells what they are praying for them.

List 6 specific requests they are praying for the Colossians:

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What are the two things Christ has done for us as listed in verse 13?

Define redemption. How  does your personal redemption impact how you live every day?

Verses 15-18 tell who Christ is. On my count there are seven specific descriptions, list them: (One is only implied, not stated in verse 16)

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Read John 1:1-5  in light of Colossians 1:16-17 and marvel at how all of the Bible complements itself. It does not contradict itself. How is this possible? Read 2 Timothy 3:16 for a hint.

According to verse 19, what is the Father’s good pleasure?

What is reconciliation? What makes reconciliation necessary? If we refuse reconciliation with God, what is the result? Conversely, what peace is available to us?  How is this possible? (Other Scriptures to consider in your study: Romans 1;  5:1-8; Ephesians 2. This is not an exhaustible list just a starting point.)

Verse 21 lists what the Colossians were formally: alienated, hostile in the mind and engaged in evil deeds. How were you once far off, but now brought near? Rejoice in how He has reconciled Himself to you. Praise Him!

Paul says here that he rejoices in his suffering for their sake, verse 24. Review his sufferings by reading 2 Corinthians 11, focusing on verses 21-29. Then review Philippians 3. What frustrations or obstacles, trials or losses have you suffered? What challenge does Paul give here?

What mystery is Paul referring to in verse 26? Verse 27 mentions ‘Christ in you the hope of glory’. What is this hope of glory and why does it require Christ being in us?

Paul says that he was responsible to admonish and teach (verse 28). What does it mean to admonish? How is it different from teaching? What is the purpose of admonishing and teaching (verse 28)?

Download your outline and verse here and get ready to mark it up!

 

 

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I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: November 6, 2015, by : Rachael Carman