COlossians 1:1-8 [ESV]
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
01. Talk about the experience of your Christian walk. Have you experienced times of highs and lows? Have you experienced times of plateau? What do you think impacted those times?
02. Read Colossians 1:5-8. When it comes to the gospel, what is the difference between hearing, understanding, and learning the gospel? Are all three needed for gospel depth? Why or why not?
03. What does it look like for a Christian to apply the gospel to their every day lives? How does a Christian hear, understand, and learn the gospel every day? Should Christians engage with the gospel every day? Why or why not?
04. The fruit of gospel depth is faith, love, and hope. Talk about the characteristics of each. How are they different? How are they connected?