Colossians 4:7–9 (ESV)
7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,
9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
1. What do we mean when we say that all Scripture is equally inspired but not all Scripture is equally profitable?
· What are some “wise” (referring to last week’s sermon) ways to illustrate that truth from some everyday life situations?
· What passage of Scripture teaches us that all Scripture is equally inspired and at least somewhat profitable?
2. Why is Paul so concerned about communicating his situation to the Colossians?
· How can the surrounding text help us answer that question?
3. From this passage and others, what can you tell about Tychicus’ character?
· Acts 20:4
· Ephesians 6:21
· Titus 3:12
· 2 Timothy 4:12
4. In what ways would our church family be better off if we all focused on communicating like Paul did?
· What practical steps can you take to better communicate with your church family?
· What practical steps can church leadership take to communicate better with the church family? (note: don’t make a suggestion unless you’re willing to let the leadership know of your suggestion!)
5. Why did the Colossians need encouraging?
· Why is encouragement something we should always be looking at doing with each other?
· What are some ways our church as a whole could be more encouraging?
· What are some ways that you as an individual be more encouraging to your church family?
6. Whom do you love (i.e., who is “beloved”) in our church family because of their continued faithful encouragement to you? What can you learn from them and practically apply to your own life?
7. Do we as a culture value faithfulness? Why or why not?
· Who are the most faithful people in your life?
· How does their faithfulness impact you and allow you to do what you do?
· Why is faithfulness so difficult to achieve?
· How does “Christ in you, the hope of glory” encourage you to be more faithful?