I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ
1. If you don’t think clearly, you will be deceived much easier.
· How serious do you think the devil is about hating you and attempting to deceive you?
· How do you know you’re not deceived by the devil?
· What are some very persuasive, “plausible arguments” that you’ve found particularly deceptive?
· Since we began our study in Colossians, what practical steps are you taking to become a “doer” of the Word so that you won’t be so easily deceived?
· How can you establish some type of accountability so that others might help you understand ways in which you might be deceived?
2. If you don’t think clearly, then your faith needs to be firmed up.
· What is “good order”? What does that look like in church, home, and state?
· How can we all pursue good order without attempting to look exactly the same as each other?
· What practical tools do you use to keep your personal life in good order?
· How firm (i.e., “stubborn”) is your faith in Christ? How can you make it a little firmer each day?
· What difference would it make in your life if you really believed that Jesus is as good, and powerful, and wise as he says he is?
o How would you manage your time differently?
o How would you seek reconciliation in all of your relationships with other believers?
o How would you be more generous?
o Share your plan to work on these things for the New Year with your small group.