NextLevel Online: Colossians

Session 11: On Slavery and Work (3:18-4:1)

Session 11 discusses Paul’s instructions which should help shape our doctrine of work.and idea if slavery.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Col 3:18-4:1 – On Slavery and (the Absence of) Abolition

  • The Bible and Slavery

  • Paul is not pro-slavery (1 Cor 7:21) but he does not call or work for outright abolition. Why?

  • Paul does not call for outright abolition. He even encourages acceptance and working with the system, but he always sows seeds of its demise.

Col 3:18-4:1 – On Work

  • Paul’s instructions should help shape our doctrine of work.

    • The key to working well is to have a Christ-centered _________.

    • Here’s the Question: What __________ us to work hard?

  • This applies in different ways to “employees” and “employers”

    • If I answer to someone, remember…

    • If others answer to me, remember…

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • What is at stake for us in this discussion about slavery?

  • What have you heard in the past about what the Bible says (or does not say) about slavery? How does this hold up to what we learned from this text?

  • What can you do to simultaneously uphold the authority of Scripture and fight slavery (and its underlying supports) wherever you see it?

  • How hard do you work? Why?

  • How does Colossians 3:18-4:1 impact the way you currently approach your job?

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