Questions You Should Ask Yourself - Bible Study Lesson Outline
Paul had certain things he prayed for the Christians in the Colossian church. In Col. 1:9-12...
1. Be filled with the knowledge of God's will
2. Walk worthy of the Lord
3. Be fruitful in good works
4. Increase in the knowledge of God
5. Be strong and be filled with the power of God
6. Have patience and longsuffering with joyfulness
7. Giving thanks unto the Father
Another summary of these verses is in Col. 2:6-7.
You hopefully have salvation settled in your life (1:14). If you do, the focus of your life should be the steps outlined by Paul in his prayer for the Colossians.
I am going to present some questions for you.
1. Do you know what God wants for you?
-Do you have any ideas about what your purpose on this earth might be?
2. What does it mean to walk worthy of the Lord?
- If a person walks or lives worthy of God, how does that person live their life?
- Does that person have to live a perfect life?
- Who have you seen who lives worthy of the Lord?
3. Why does Paul pray for them to be fruitful in every good work?
- Sometimes there isn't much success
- We have to do good works
- If someone never does good works, where is their focus? (On them)
- What are some good works you can do?
4. How does a person increase in the knowledge of God?
- Reading: 1 Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
- Does doing good works teach us anything? Can that help you increase in the knowledge of God?
5. How does someone "be strong" and "be filled" with the power of God?
- Ephesians 6:10 - "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
- Ephesians 5:18 "be filled with the Spirit;" - talks about not only filling our thoughts with things of God but also submission and yielding.
6. If the goal is for us to have patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, what does that mean?
- Longsuffering means "patiently enduring wrongs or difficulties". Patient endurance.
- Does that means we will experience suffering, hardship, wrongs? Yes.
- Are we supposed to avoid those things?
- Are we supposed to seek those things? Are we supposed to accept those things?
7. How and when should we give thanks to the Father?
- Just when things are going the way we'd like them to?
- During the times of hardship?
- When we understand what He's doing, or even when we do not?