Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Modeling God as a Boss

Colossians 3:25-4:1


Colossians 3:25–4:1 (ESV)

25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

1Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.


1.     Why do you think each person has an inborn sense of justice that affects the way they view the world?

a.     How does God appeal to the slave’s inborn sense of justice in v.25?

b.     How does 1 Corinthians 7:21 help a slave pursue justice for himself or herself in this life?

c.      Why do you think the church never sought to publically abolish the institution of slavery during New Testament times?

d.     What are the principles embedded in this passage that show that slavery is an immoral practice and helped lead to its demise in Western culture?

e.     In this passage, what is the first key to seeking a just society in this life?  How does this truth help us live for Christ in so many other ways?

2.     What does the fact that God is impartial have to do with justice or fairness?

a.     Why might a boss be tempted to think that God is impartial?

b.     How might that affect the way a boss treats those who works underneath him or her?

c.      Do you agree that a boss either has the choice to lead by example or by threatening as Eph.6:9 says?  Is it an “either/or” option?

3.     We are not only supposed to be impartial, we are supposed to be generous.

a.     How is God (“Master in heaven”) generous to us?

b.     How can that affect the way we can be generous to those who work for us?

c.      Do you like this summary of the passage: “Treat your employees or subordinates like you want God to treat you”?  Why or why not?

d.     What practical ways can you (if you are a boss) work to provide a healthy, happy, productive work environment based on this passage of Scripture?