Flamed and Flickered
Colossians 4:14–16 (ESV)
14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.
15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
1. Comparing Colossians 4 and 2 Timothy 4, note the difference between Luke and Demas and their long-term commitment to the Apostle Paul.
a. Why did Demas desert Paul?
b. What does it mean that he was in love with this present world? What do you think he loved about this present world? Do you think it was the inconveniences of the Christian life or was it bigger than that?
c. Does Paul’s statement about his impending martyrdom in 2 Tim.4:6ff?
d. Does John’s statement in 1 John 2:15 help you think about what you love? What are “the things in this world”?
e. How can you apply this passage?
i. In what ways are you tempted “to desert” the people of God?
ii. What other good things take priority of the people of God?
iii. Do you think it is possible to have a passionate love for Christ and not be committed to the people of God in your local church family?
2. What was the accusation against the Laodicean church according to Revelation 3:14ff?
a. What did they think about their situation?
b. What was the reality of their situation?
c. How did affluence affect them negatively? How does it affect our society negatively? The contemporary Christian culture in America?
d. What was John’s proposed solution to their problem?
e. What was the reward promised? How does that help us focus on having God’s glory as the goal of everything we do? (note: compare John’s use of “throne” and Paul’s use of “glory” in Colossians).
3. Why do you think Paul was so concerned that the Colossians read his letter as well as the letter to the Laodiceans?
a. What do you think is the main point of Colossians? What passages in Colossians support your perspective?
b. What is your “plan” to be in the Word of God on a regular basis? Can you share your Bible reading and study plan with your small group?
c. Do you need some help being accountable? Would you be willing to help somebody else be accountable for their Bible reading?