NextLevel Online: Colossians

Session 4: The Necessity of Faith (1:21-23)

Theological Issues Raised in 1:21-23


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts and Overview

  • Why spend a whole session on these few verses?

  • Walking through Colossians 1:21-23…

Theological Issues Raised in 1:21-23

  • Universalism

    • Why does this issue matter?

    • What motivates the current growth of universalism?

    • Does this view hold up to scrutiny? Why not?

  • Calvinism

    • How do I interpret Colossians 1:21-23?

    • What is a (typical) “Calvinist” reading of Colossians 1:21-23?

    • Where do we agree?

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • When “theological” debates begin, how do you feel?

  • Why is it valuable for you to think through such things?

  • Why do you think universalism is on the rise? Do you find this idea compelling? Do you think it aligns with Scripture? Why or why not?

  • With respect to Calvinism, which interpretation do you find more satisfactory? Do you think this is an issue the church should divide over?

  • Why is it important to end by focusing on areas where we agree?

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