Sunday Bible Study: Col. 1:11-20
We celebrated the feast day of "Christ the King" on this last day of the season of Pentecost. During this feast day, we focus on the unique place that Jesus Christ holds in our lives and how it is we live our lives in a way that puts Christ at the center of all that we do. The group read and discussed a reading from Paul's letter to the Colossians (Col 1:11-20)
The apostle Paul wrote to the Christian community in Colossae to express his opinion of the meaning of the Gospel of Christ, and to refute some "false teachings" that had been spreading about how to faithfully follow Christ and live as a Christian. A significant part of Paul's message was that Christ's mission among us, and especially Christ's death and resurrection, meant that all that follow him were free from sin and filled with the promise of God's love and grace...no strings attached.
We reviewed the Scripture verses of Col. 1:15-20 with a particular discussion about how these verses formed a special creed or hymn, thought to be used by the Ancient Church in their baptismal rituals. The words of the hymn are especially powerful in regards to Christ's saving work among his followers.
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below): how can we put our hopes in the promise that Christ's saving work of resurrection and redemption will help us to restore the broken aspects of our lives and relationships; if we proclaim that Jesus is the way in which God saves us, how does this help us in our daily struggles; and, what are you doing in your life that clearly places Christ in the center of all that you do?
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: