1. The Epistles are letters written by the Apostles to the Church for instruction and encouragement.
a. Colossians 1 gives us information on the person and nature of Christ.
b. Ephesians 1 gives us information on our identity in Christ.
c. Galatians gives us information on the completed work of Christ.
2. Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 8 that our love for God and people should always be the motivating factor in exercising our personal liberty.
Follow-up Questions from Sunday:
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
1. The new believers at Colossae had heard about the Gospel of Jesus and what He did for them and they believed. How do you think Colossians 1:15-20 helped them to understand Jesus more fully?
2. How do these verses help you to understand Jesus more fully? What do you think is still a mystery in all of this?
3. According to Ephesians 1:1-14, how are you seen in the eyes of heaven in Christ?
4. Which of these things is the hardest for you to understand or apply to your life? Why do you think that is?
5. According to Galatians 3:23-27, how is a person made right before God?
6. Why do you think people, other religions, and cults have such a hard time with the Gospel of Jesus?
7. In 1 Corinthians 8, how does Paul answer the question, “Is it ok for a believer to eat meat sacrificed to idols?”
8. How can we apply this principle of “love for God and others over our Christian liberty” in practical ways today?
Taking it Home:
What is one thing you can apply to your life from this message and how can this group remember you in prayer this week?