In our continuing study in the book of Colossians, chapter 1:3-5, we are going to apply some of the insights we discovered by using an outline of the passage. Pastor Mike continues to instruct us on some simple, basic, bible study tools and techniques that can help each and every one of us to become a better workman of the word. In this encouraging study we learn that faith and love are basic traits of a believer who has heard and understood the Gospel of Grace. And we learned that we are empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit to tell others of the glorious Gospel of Grace. How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim the Good News!
This is a pre-teaching lesson using an outline of these verses as a bible study tool for looking deeper into the passage. Along the way we talk about the need to slow things down and take a deeper look in hopes of getting a deeper grasp of what is actually being taught. This particular teaching is not about deep principles or applications, it is a foundation stone that is very useful and important for personal bible study. We talk a little bit about strong marriages, being “undevourable” and understanding our identity in Christ. I also talk about individual word studies and I share a glimpse into my own personal time in the word. I hope it excites you to dig deeper and to use the tool of grammatical and structural outlines in your own bible study. Get ready, next week we will jump into this passage with both feet so please examine the scriptures and prepare for our time together. Until then, may God richly bless you in all things.
As we begin our study in the book of Colossian it is important to get a feel for the culture and times in which this amazing book was written. Pastor Mike gives us an overview of the situation and then reminds us that this letter was written at a time when the church, only about 30 years old, was beginning to slip away from grace and into a mixture of grace and law - a dangerous mistake. Mike also notes that the church today is in the same danger…be on guard! As we will see, Paul addresses this creeping heresy by first exalting Christ; His majesty and supremacy over all things. This is a great starting place for any correction or teaching. If we simply glorify the Lord and help others to get their eyes on things above, suddenly, everything else melts away and takes its proper place.