Tuesday Study: Colossians

I confess it has taken me a long time to determine where I wanted to focus my Tuesday study. As of last night, it was still between Luke and Colossians. As you see, I picked Colossians – this morning. Nothing like taking it to the deadline.

Remember, this is as much a study for me as for any reader. I’m going to print the first scripture verses I’ll be working on. That’s where I’ll start, letting anyone following this get a chance to take their own look at the verses.

It seemed since this is November, known as a season of thankfulness, that the first fourteen verses were a timely beginning. I’ll post some questions to be thinking about, and I’m going to set the page to take comments if anyone would like to share their thoughts as this goes along.

This first time, though, I’ll keep things simple and give you some questions to think about.

  1. Does your prayer life include thanking God?
  2. What things were Paul thankful for in these verses?
  3. How does Paul’s prayers relate to our walk as believers?
  4. What promises from God does Paul share in these verses?

More on my thoughts regarding these questions next week. Be blessed!

Colossians 1:1-14 (ESV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered 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.

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