March 28 - April 3
PULPIT DRIVEN DISCIPLESHIP
Carrying Discipleship Home and Beyond

On Sunday mornings, through Colossians, our Church Family will be spending the next few months thinking through the reality that Jesus Christ is “Above ALL!”

Well, what does that mean for us on Monday, or Tuesday, or the rest of the week?

Plan time each day this week individually or with your small group of beloveds (whoever and wherever they may be) to spend time thinking about what the "Big Idea" preached means.
PERSEVERING IN
THE GOSPEL
Colossians 3:1-4
Daily Study
  • Pray: Ask the Lord to reveal His intention for the text
  • Read the passage
  • Think about Pastor Bill's "Big Idea"
  • Who would God have you share this study this week?
  • Reach out to others to discuss this together
DISCUSS
  1. What does Paul mean when he says: “you have been raised with Christ"?
  2. What is significant about Jesus’ being at the right hand of God? What are the implications for those who have been united to Christ? 
  3. What are the two commands Paul gives to the Colossians in light of their new life and relationship in Christ?
  4. What heavenly things are we to seek and savor according to our passage?
  5. How does this passage help to grow you in your praise of Jesus?
  6. How does this passage help to lead you towards repentance in Jesus?
  7. How does this passage compel you to live differently?
Adapting Discussion Questions

The questions above are designed to be general for many age groups and believers in various parts of their walk with Christ. Here are some ideas of ways to adapt these questions to make them applicable to the group God is calling you to learn with.
YOUNG CHILDREN
  1. Play the Sardines version of Hide and Seek with your children in which one person hides and the others seek him or her. When a seeker finds the hider then they hide with them until everyone is together. - Talk about what it means to hide together.
  2. In Col. 3:1, Paul says that believers have been "raised with Christ" and in 3:3 he writes that we are "hidden in Christ". - Talk about the power of Christ that we have because Christ is with us and we are united with Him. - Connect our place with Christ and our security in Christ with John 10:28 in which Jesus said that "no one will snatch them out of my hand".
  3. In Col. 3:2 we read "Set your minds on things that are above" and contrasts that with "things that are on earth". Ask your children what the difference might be between thinking about heaven and thinking about earth. - Talk about the difference it would makin in our lives to focus our attention and thoughts on Christ in heaven. - Remind each other that we can only have that focus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  4. For further study, read together from Romans 6
STUDENTS
  1. What does Paul instruct us to seek out in verse one?
  2. What difference is there in setting our minds on things "on earth" and "things that are above"?
  3. Where does Paul say that your life is "hidden"?
  4. Earlier in chapter 2:12-13 Paul says that we are "raised with him" and "made alive together with him". How does this relate to our life being hidden with Christ in God? (3:3)
  5. In verse 3, Paul describes a great change that has taken place for the Colossians. We have a new standing in Christ. How does Paul's words in Ephesians 2:5-6 help to further explain this new standing that we have as believers in Christ?
NON-BELEIVERS OR NEW BELEIVERS
  • Verse 1 refers to our “hearts.” In biblical terms, the “heart” represents the core of who you are, the “ruling center” of the whole person. It’s what drives, controls, and motivates you. What is your heart set on? What or who is the driving motivation of your life? 
  • Verse 4 says that “Christ is your life.” So, would you say that Christ truly is your life? That your life is all about him? If you were being totally honest about what your life is really all about at the moment, how would you fill in the blank?: “________ is my life.” 
  • For the Christian, we have now “died” and been “raised” with Christ. Jesus didn’t just come to improve your life a little, or make you a better version of you. He came to wreck your life and make you a totally new person! Have you surrendered / will you surrender to a total life makeover? Are you ready to experience real living, and eternal life? Would you trust him that his plan for your life is far better than yours? 
  • Scriptures for further study: Phil. 3:19-20; Rom. 6:2; 2 Cor. 5:14; 1. Cor. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 John 3:2