It’s all about Jesus this week.
If last week was all about prayer, this week is all about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Colossians is chock-full of practical instruction, things to do, concrete commands, etc. But first comes the foundation, the truth that sets the framework for everything that comes after. And without THIS week, this foundation, the rest of the book would just be more religious duties, more dos and don’ts.
The big question everyone must answer is, Who is Jesus and why did He come?
That’s the question we must all answer. And we do well to think about this and really know, not just the Sunday school answer, but the real answer that we believe. Who is Jesus and why did He come?
Colossians 1:15-23 answers exactly that. Who He is:
- Verse 15a: He is the image of the invisible God.
- Verse 15b: He is the firstborn of all creation—that is, the specially honored, first and only Son over all creation.
- Verse 16a: He is the one By whom all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. (We will come back to verse 16.)
- Verse 16b: He is the one through whom all things were created.
- Verse 16c: He is the one FOR whom All things were created.
- Verse 17a: He is before all things.
- Verse 17b: He is the One who holds all things together.
- Verse 18a: He is the head of the body, the church.
- Verse 18b: He is the beginning.
- Verse 18c: He is the firstborn from the dead.
- Verse 18d: He is preeminent.
- Verse 19: He is the one in whom all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.
Week 2 of Colossians: Fully Pleasing God
Scripture: Colossians 1:15-23
Teacher: Kari Patterson
Listen or download:
- Download Walk It Out for week 2 (PDF)
things to think about …
- How do you typically respond when someone is skeptical of Christianity? Do you feel comfortable discussing and interacting? How does your response/demeanor/attitude reflect your confidence and faith in Jesus Christ? How do you discern the difference between a genuine seeker and someone who just wants to argue?
- In our daily lives and as we teach our children, how often do we emphasize Who Jesus is and what He’s done? Are there ways we tend to slide into moralistic religion (emphasizing dos and don’ts) instead of centering our faith continually and daily on Jesus?
Verse to memorize:
“For in [Jesus] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” —Colossians 1:19
“ALL of God came down to us … in Jesus!” —Colossians 1:19
Scriptures: Colossians 1:15-23
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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