Reasons to Listen Carefully
Colossians 4:18 (ESV)
18I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
1. Paul signed this document with his own hand. That means he probably didn’t write the whole document but rather dictated it to someone else.
a. How does this mesh with the doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible?
b. How does 2 Thessalonians 3:17 help answer this question?
c. From the time when Paul signed the letter to today’s English translations, what stories of bravery encouraged you the most from Sunday’s sermon?
d. How does more Bible knowledge provide more freedom for people according to John 8:44?
2. Jesus is worth suffering for.
a. How does Paul’s example of suffering for Christ both convict and encourage you?
b. Can you think of any examples from Paul’s ministry in the book of Acts where persecution caused him to change his plans? Where persecution caused him to stick with his plans regardless? What lessons can we learn from that?
c. Will you join the Elders in prayer in anticipation for this coming Sunday when we formally acknowledge the persecuted church internationally?
3. Grace is worth receiving.
a. What is the means of receiving grace according to Ephesians 2:8-9?
b. What is the means of generating faith according to Romans 10:17?
c. What struggles do you have listening to the Word of God preached? What practical steps can you take to listen better since grace is worth receiving through faith in Christ that is generated through hearing the Word?