Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

What God Does When He Saves Us

Colossians 1:12-14

 

When God saves us, the Father qualifies us for a different status – v.12

12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

·      Because God the Father has done the gracious work of qualifying us to have a share in the inheritance, I am privileged to live in a certain way. 

o   First, how does this affect my relationship with God?  Because of this, how can I be humble before God yet come confidently to him in prayer?

o   Second, how does this affect my relationship with others? How does this allow me to live with tremendous confidence before others?

o   Further, discuss what it means to “care” about what other people think about me but at the same time know that “it doesn’t matter” what other people think about me.

·      If you are a believer, you are a saint.  Why do you think many believers struggle seeing themselves as saints?  Why do you think, from your understanding of Roman Catholic theology, that Roman Catholicism developed the status of “sainthood” as a separate status for only a few exceptional believers?

 

When God saves us, the Father transfers us to a different domain – v.13

13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

·      For those who are in the kingdom of Christ, you are in the kingdom of the son of God’s love.  God the Father cannot love you more and will not love you less than he does right now.  How does that affect your motivation for obedient service? What is your favorite aspect to being a member of the kingdom of Christ?

·      This passage doesn’t mention anything about the role the Holy Spirit plays in our salvation. From the following passages, what role does the Spirit play in bringing people to faith in Christ?

o   John 3:8

o   John 16:8-11

o   Romans 8:15-16

o   Ephesians 1:13

o   Can you think of any other references that speak of the Holy Spirit’s role in salvation?

 

When God saves us, the Son purchases us for a different owner – v.14

14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

·      There are a number of word pictures that this passage paints for us (deliverance, transferred, redemption) that refer to what God has done for us in Christ.  Which one is most meaningful to you? Which one most reflects the testimony of your salvation?  In what way does it reflect your testimony?

·      Because the believer is redeemed, he is freed from the power of sin.  If that is so, why does sin still have such a powerful influence on us? In what sense has the power of sin been broken and in what sense does sin still have a powerful influence on us?  How can a believer experience freedom from this powerful influence?  Can you testify to God’s redeeming grace in your life and how specific sins have lost their powerful influence over you over time?

·      As a believer, you’ve been bought with a price (i.e., redeemed), according to 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.  Therefore you should glorify God in your body.  In that passage, it is addressing a specific sin, the sin of immorality, a growing problem in our culture even among beleivers.  What are some practical measures that the believer can take to refrain from the sin of immorality and glorify God in his/her body?