NextLevel Online: Colossians

Session 5: The Reliability of Paul (1:24-2:5)

How does this section fit into Paul’s argument? Why does he stress his own reliability?



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Paul Defends His Reliability (1:24-2:5)

  • How does this section fit into Paul’s argument? Why does he stress his own reliability?

  • Note the structure:

    • Paul rejoices in his suffering for them (1:24)

    • Paul speaks of Jesus as mystery and wisdom (1:25-28)

    • Paul labors for their maturity (1:29)

    • Paul speaks of Jesus as mystery and wisdom (2:1-3)

    • Paul rejoices in their growth apart from him (2:4-5)

What Else We Learn From 1:24-2:5

  • Our work is…

  • Our work is…

  • Our work is…

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • Does Paul make it harder or easier for you to follow Jesus? Why?

  • Why can we just not choose to follow Jesus and take only the parts of Paul that we like?

  • What does Paul mean when he says he fills up what is lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions?

  • How do the lessons we learn about Paul’s ministry relate to the work God has called you to do?

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