Series 8 – Colossians – Lesson 6: Colossians 3:1-4:1

Inductive Study:  Colossians 3:1-4:1

OBSERVE

  • Read Colossians 3:1-17 several times.
    • Highlight the verbal phrases of instruction to the readers.
    • Divide your paper into two columns labeled:

Old Nature                  New Nature

    • List the appropriate characteristics under each heading
    • Contrast the lists and record your observations.
  • Read Colossians 3:18-4:1
  • Highlight the verbs.

INTERPRET

  • How does new life in Christ change one’s thinking?
  • How does new life in Christ change one’s attitudes?
  • How does new life in Christ change one’s relationships?
  • How does new life in Christ change one’s community?
  • What relational attitudes are important in the words you highlighted in 3:19-4:1?

APPLY

  • Reread verse 13.  In the original, the sense of these words is “Give grace to others as God has given grace to you.”
  • Reflect upon what God’s grace means for your life.
  • How can you share this grace in your encounters with others?

PRAY

  • Pray for the continual renewing of your mind, heart, and attitudes.
  • Pray for opportunities to give grace to those with whom you come in contact so that they may see the grace of God through you.
  • Be thankful.

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