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Week 4

Day 2: Observations

Read Colossians 2:6-23

What surprises you about this passage? Where do you see themes in Paul’s message?

As baby Christians, the Colossians are easily convinced by others who claim to be experts in faith.  They have been taught the truth, but these false teachers are making their own additions, with false motives, and their arguments are convincing. The truth is, if I lived in this time, I’m sure my head would be spinning; trying to sort out truth from lies as I sought to secure my faith roots. This consideration makes me so thankful for a communicator like Paul. His words are laser-focused.

Consider the people in Colosse, what conclusions can you draw about their current challenges?

How would you summarize Paul’s intentions in his message?

Are there patterns in the text? Does Paul repeat himself? What words and phrases does Paul use frequently? Why does he emphasize these points?

 

Day 3: Attributes & Adjectives

Read Colossians 2:6-23

Attributes – a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.

Descriptives – Words used to describe or enhance the meaning of the text.

 

Make a list of every attribute of God/Jesus you see. How does Paul describe Him?

(Ex. from this passage: “the head of all rule and authority”(v10), canceling the record of debt (God is a debt-canceler)(v14)

Make a list of descriptive words used in the passage.

(Ex: “…the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows…” (v19) Paul describes the body of Christ as not just being connected, but nourished (synonyms: cultivate, nurture, sustain) and knit (synonym: bind, unite, interlace, secure). These words help this passage come alive to me.)

Take a minute to dissect these words and then consider the depth of their meaning. As you did last week:

  • Use a thesaurus
  • Read a few different versions of the passage
  • Replace original words with alternate words you discover

What attribute of Jesus are you most thankful for? Which descriptions took on a deeper meaning for you?