Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Today’s Reading Assignment – Colossians and Philemon
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom[d] and forgave our sins.” Colossians 1:11-14
Study Questions for Colossians 2
Thanksgiving and Prayer (1-14)
Who is the sender of this letter? How did Paul identify himself? Are you in the will of God for your life? Who is the recipient? How did they hear the gospel? (7-8; 4:12; Phm. 1:23; Acts 19:9b-10)
What was Paul thankful for? (3-4) What does verse 5 tell us about the gospel? How does it bear fruit? (6)
What is Paul’s prayer topic in verse 9? Why does he pray for that? (10a) What four things are a part of this? (10b-12a)
What is the kingdom of light? How can one become a member of the kingdom of light?
The Supremacy of Christ (15-23)
How is Jesus described in verse 15? What does it mean that he is the firstborn? (18; Rom. 8:29; Heb. 1:6, 12:22-24; Rev. 1:5-6)
In what way is Jesus the Creator? (16-17) Who is the head of the church?
How does verses 19 and 20 further define Jesus’ divinity? How does God reconcile us to him through Jesus?
What was our relationship with God before Jesus? What was the reason God became flesh and blood? (22) What is required of us after we hear the gospel? (23)
Christ in You, the Hope of Glory (24-29)
Why was Paul willing to suffer? What is Paul’s commission? What is the glorious mystery now made known?
To Paul, what did it mean to proclaim Jesus? Why did he do that? What does this tell us about our life of faith?
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” Colossians 2:13-15
Study Questions for Colossians 2
All the Treasures (1-5)
How might we be included in Paul’s ministry which he struggled so hard for? What can we learn from this about our ministry? Why did Paul struggle? How is Christ the mystery of God?
Why is Bible study so important? (4-5)
In Christ all the Fullness of the Deity Lives in Bodily Form (6-15)
After Jesus is our personal Lord what are we to do? How?
How can we be taken captive? (8) How is Christ opposite to this?
How is Jesus’ deity proclaimed in verse 9? What does verse 10 mean to us?
How are we circumcised? How does our circumcision lead to new life?
What were we like before we were alive with Christ? How did Jesus change that? In Christ’s body what did God nail to the cross?
How did Jesus disarm the power and authorities? What are these powers and authorities?
The Reality is Found in Christ (16-23)
What are some of the things that people were using as evidence against the Colosse believers? Describe each one. What was the point of these things? (17) How does this explain their decreased importance now?
What are the rules of the world? Why will they perish? Why are they worthless? What do they do to the body? How then should we live?
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15
Study Questions for Colossians 3
Take Off Your Old Self (1-11)
What should govern the thoughts of those in Jesus? (1-2) How can we know about these things? (Rom. 16:25-27; Eph. 3:8-9; Phil. 4:8)
How are we hidden? (3) When will we not be hidden? (4, 10; Rom. 6:5; 1 John 3:2)
What should we put away? Why? What does verse 11 have to say about our new self?
Clothe Yourself With… (12-17)
What does it mean that we are God’s children? (12a) How should God’s children live?
Why would God’s children need to bearing with each other? How can we do this? (13b; Matt. 6:12) What is the greatest virtue we should live by? Why?
What should rule our hearts? How can this happen?
How should we praise the Lord in song?
What does it mean to do things in the name of the Lord? (17)
Why could it be hard to submit to someone? What example of love should husbands live by? What goes against the thought and action of obeying? What does it mean to embitter someone?
How can slavery be applied to today’s world? What can workers and managers learn?
Why should we follow these rules? When will we receive a reward?
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Study Questions for Colossians 4
Prayer and Wisdom (2-6)
What kind of prayer is described in verse 2. What does this mean?
What personal prayer topic does Paul ask them to pray for? (3) What does this tell us about his life desire? What does the fact that he knew he needed help to proclaim it clearly show? what can we learn from him? (Zech. 4:6b)
What was his message? (2b) Review the three other times Paul brought this up. (1:26, 27; 2:2)
Make the most to what outcome do you think Paul had in mind? How can a conversation be full of grace?
What’s Happening Here (7-9)
Why was Paul sending Tychicus and Onesimus? Why would that be important to them? What was Paul’s current condition? (4:3, 18) What light does this shed on Paul’s conversations with the guards? (Acts 28:30-31)
Complete the Work You Have Received (10-18)
Who was Mark and Barnabas? When was the last time we see Paul with Barnabas? (Acts 15:36-41) What does the fact that he mentioned them tell us about their relationship now? (2 Tim. 4:11)
What did Paul and those with him work for? (11) Why would they be a comfort to him?
What kind of work did Epaphras conduct? For who? What was his relationship to them? (1:7-8; Phm. 1:23; Acts 19:9b-10) What does this tell us about him?
What where did the church of Laodicea? Locate it on the map and find out what you can about it?
What kind of work was Archippus doing? (17) Read Paul’s very short letter to Philemon. What can we learn about the spread of the gospel from this?
“And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.” Philemon 1:6-7
Study Questions for Philemon
Thanksgiving and Prayer (1-7)
Who is the sender of this letter? (1a) How did Paul identify himself? (1a,9b) Who was with him? (1, 23-24) Why do you think he only mentions Timothy in the opening of the letter?
Who are the recipients? (1b-2) How did they hear the gospel? (19b) What were they doing in their house? (2b)
What does verse 3 mean? (He starts most of his letters this way.)
What was Paul thankful for? (4) Why? (5)
What did Paul pray for? (6a) What is our faith? Why is this so important? (Acts 1:7-8) What happens when we share our faith? (6b) What should our love do?
Paul’s Plea for Onesimus (8-25)
What problem seems to have happened that Paul addresses? (12a, 16a) What could Paul do in Christ but did not do? (8) Why? What can the spiritual mature learn from Paul?
How might Onesium be Paul’s son? What does verse 11 mean in light of new life in Christ?
Why was Paul sending him back? (12, 17) What personal desire did he resist? Why?
What did Paul speculate and what does this tell us about the life of faith?
What personal sacrifice was Paul going to make for both men? How did Paul ask that Philemon respond? What can we learn about how to deal with practical personal problems?
Why do you think Paul mentioned that he was coming? How does he close the letter? (25) What does this mean?