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Bible Study Guide:

Reverence for the Lord

By Scarlett Stough

 

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Called to Peace.

This fourth study in Colossians focuses on Colossians 3:18-4:1.


I. The Way of Peace

1. Isaiah 59:1-21 What is the evidence that proves we do not naturally know “the way to peace?”

2. Colossians 3:15; II Corinthians 13:11 We are “called to peace” and exhorted to “live in peace.” What are some of the ways we often fail to live up to God’s desire for us to live in peace?

3. Luke 12:49-53; Micah 7:4-7; Psalm 120:6-7 What causes friction between friends and family members when one of them begins to believe in and to accept Jesus as Savior?

4. John 16:33 What is Christ’s way to bring peace during times of trouble, including troubled relationships?

5. James 4:15; I Peter 1:6-7 Why does the will of God often come into conflict with our own plans? How do we benefit by persevering in faith through those difficulties?

6. Romans 5:6-11; Galatians 5:22 How has God made peace possible?

7. Colossians 3:22 How does “reverence for the Lord” contribute to peace?

 II, Wives, Husbands, Children, Fathers, Slaves, Masters.

1. Colossians 3:18; Ephesians 5:21 Define submission as used in the Bible. How does submission, properly understood and practiced, contribute to peaceful relationships? Is it strictly a female attribute? Explain your answer.

2.Colossians 3:19; John 15:12-13; Galatians 5:22; I Corinthians 13:4-8; Philippians 2:3-4 Describe the attributes of love. How does treating another with love and gentleness build peace? How do you know someone loves you?

3. Colossians 3:20; Deuteronomy 5:16 How do children learn to obey and to honor their parents or guardians? How does obedience contribute to peace in the family, church and community in the long term? Is there an application for adults?

4. Colossians 3:21 Give any examples (discretely) you might know of children who were discouraged by parents or guardians and the results in their lives? How can we avoid discouraging the children in our care? Is there an application among adults?

5.Colossians 3:22-24 What principles do you see in this passage for any relationship between workers and managers? Do you think this passage is tacit approval of slavery? Why or why not?

6. Colossians 3:25-4:1 What would be the end result if slave owners put this admonition to do what was “right and fair” into practice? When “no favoritism” is practiced, what happens to attitudes toward social class or caste systems? How do these changes relate to peace?

7. Matthew 7:12; Philippians 2:1-8 Give examples of how following the teachings and example of Jesus can produce peace between people? What should you do, if your efforts are rejected?


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