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Looking for Warm Fuzzies?

It’s a common temptation to open up the Bible to find something to get a morning “boost” or some warm fuzzies rather than approaching Scripture with the primary purpose to know God more intimately. When we approach Scripture as “a devotional book for me” we can tend to forget that the Bible is a book about God. He is the center around which everything else revolves. As we’ve been digging into the book of Colossians, I hope it has stimulated your desire to get better acquainted with God. I hope it has engaged your heart and your mind.

My prayer is that you know and appreciate God more today that when we started this study series. 

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, we’re studying the book of Colossians. I hope you’ll check out those posts because they’ll provide you with some background information on this book and the approach we’ll be taking in studying this book.

Want to join us?

Today, we’re summing up chapter 1. If you’re ready to dig in with me, pull out your Bible and read through Colossians 1 before answering the questions below. Spend some time in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes and give you understanding.

I hope you used a good commentary or Study Bible to answer the context questions, but put away your study helps for now as you dig in and read Colossians 1 and answer these questions using your Bible alone.

We’ll pick up the commentaries to check our answers after you first work through them for yourself.

  1. Put this chapter into a simple 4 or 5 point outline. Your Bible may have paragraph headings that will help you with this, but it is best to develop your own outline or headings in your own words. Remember, you want to “own” this book when you’re finished studying it!
  1. Paraphrase verses that were meaningful to you; rewrite them in your own words.
  1. What principles for your life have you gleaned from Chapter 1?
  1. Were there any concepts that you found difficult to understand?
  1. Were there any verses that you found personally convicting?
  1. What did you find in this chapter that was motivating?
  1. Record things that you appreciate about God because of what you see Him doing in this passage or characteristics of His that are revealed.

I encourage you to pull out a good study Bible or go online to use one. I recommend the ESV Study Bible, John MacArthur’s Study Bible, and the Reformation Study Bible. You can also find study helps and commentaries online at: https://www.biblegateway.com/

 

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2 Comments

  • Vivian Etherington

    Kim, just so you know, I am still with you in the study…..I am catching up! I was on a volleyball trip with my girls from Thur thru yesterday; it was hard to find much time to study! Therefore, I am a bit behind! I am finishing up the post from the 3rd this morning. One part I kept thinking on over the weekend though were the phrases in verses 9-10 ” filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 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.” We have a high calling…our behavior is to show the worthiness of the Lord and is to please Him completely! Impossible without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit! The Lord has really been impressing that on my heart lately–how His Spirit within does give us the ability to obey, specifically for me in my marriage. This relationship can be all God wants it to be!
    I am loving soaking in Colossians! Thank you for your ministry in putting this study together. You should publish it!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Viv ~

    So glad you’re hanging in here with us–I know how crazy the fall schedule can get, but thankful you are fighting for time in the Word!

    Thanks for your comment, so true! May we walk in a way that reflects His beauty. May we walk in a manner that is worthy of the Name we carry.

    Thank you for your encouragement, so appreciate you, friend!