Growing forwards – Colossians 3:1-17

Discussion questions PDF here

Note that most of the talk focuses on Colossians 3. Also note that Hugh suggests watching the video in the evening as he is using a form of service called Compline, which are prayers for the end of the day.

  1. Spend a few minutes checking on one another – for some Zoom will be a new experience so pray for patience & perseverance for one another.
  2. During the service Psalm 91 was read. While this is a very comforting Psalm, some have taken it to mean God’s children will be kept safe from all bad experiences. However, Jesus did not react this way when the devil used these verses to tempt him (Matt 4:6). So how are we to understand this Psalm, and which verses help you to trust God in all situations, even very unpleasant ones.
  3. From the Luke reading, Hugh said Jesus’ resurrection body was both like and unlike his earthly body. Can you give some examples of these differences?
  4. Turning to the Colossians passage, Hugh warns us about the dangers of “legalism”, i.e. focussing on rules and comparing ourselves (usually favourably) with other people which can lead to us being judgemental. What are we to focus on instead? (Verses 1-4) What do you think it means to “set your hearts on things above”? How can this work out in our daily lives?
  5. What does it mean to “grow forwards”? (Verses 5-17). Is it easy? Is it a daily exercise or once for all, say when you first became a Christian?
  6. Verses 5-17 provide a list of things to “put on” and others to “put off”. You may like to consider these lists privately and ask God to show you what you need to put on or off to live to his glory. However, remember that doing these will not make you any more saved – if you are a Christian you are already perfect in Christ. Our motivation is seen in verse 12: “as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved…” we are to serve him diligently.
  7. Share ways you intend to “grow forwards” in the week ahead. Verse 15 tells us to “Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts…and be thankful.” What are some ways we can do that?

Lesley Bloomfield