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:

Wrestling in Prayer

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Complete the Work.

This fifth study in Colossians focuses on chapter 4:2-18.

Read Colossians 4:2-18.

1. List every person’s name and summarize everything revealed about them in this passage--what they are doing, where they are from, where they are going, and what their relationships are like. What do you learn from their character?

2. How is prayer described? See verses 2 and 12. How can you follow these examples?

3. What was Paul’s prayer request? How can you apply this instruction to your own prayers?

4. How could the instructions in verses 5 and 6 be applied in talking to people about “the mystery of Christ?” Give any personal examples from your experience.

5. As you think back over the description of the people and the instructions and examples given, what picture is formed in your mind about the purpose, the mission, the structure and various spiritual gifts in use by the church at Colosse?

6. How can your congregation or fellowship develop some of these traits? What can you personally do on behalf of your congregation to “complete the work?”

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