These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

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Bible Study Guide:

This is the Gospel

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, God’s Grace in All Its Truth.

Read Colossians Chapters One through Four. Note the author and to whom the letter is addressed. This study guide will focus on Chapter One.

1. Colossians 1:1-2 What can we learn about our Christian responsibility and God’s provision from verse 2?

2. Colossians 1:3-8 Note the words faith, love, hope, truth, gospel and grace. What do you learn about each of these words in this passage?

3. Colossians 1:9-14 What did Paul ask God to give the saints in Colosse in his prayer? What response did he want the brothers [and sisters] in Christ to make? What do you learn about “the kingdom” in this passage?

4. Colossians 1:14-20 What do you learn about the Son of God, Christ?

5. Colossians 1:21-23 What is the gospel? Summarize it in your own words.

6. Romans 10:8-15; John 3:14-21 What is the response to the gospel that assures a person “will be saved?”

7. Colossians 1:24-29 What is the mystery “now disclosed to the saints?” Who are the saints*?

8. John 1:16-18; Ephesians 2:4-9 What do you learn from these passages about grace and salvation?

9. Romans 8:1-4; Colossians 3:4-17 What does “in Christ Jesus” mean? How does being “in Christ Jesus” free us from condemnation?

10. Colossians 1:6b What is the result of hearing the gospel and understanding grace? How can you apply this by attitudes and actions to yourself and your congregation in practical ways?

*Saints, hagios 40: “Hagios fundamentally signifies separated, and hence in Scripture in its moral and spiritual significance, separated from sin and therefore consecrated to God, sacred.” (From The New Strong’s Expanded Concordance of the Bible.)

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