- What is the difference between justification and sanctification?
- Have you been raised to walk in a new life with Christ? If you have, who might you spend some time praying for today?
- What does it mean for Jesus to “sit at God’s right hand”? (Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1)
- How does our relationship to both life and death depend on Jesus? (Colossians 3:3,4)
- What does it look like for you to put to death what is earthly in you?
- Why is sexual sin so uniquely destructive in our lives?
- What “idolizing” may you have missed in your own life?
- Why is God’s wrath necessary? (Colossians 3:6)
- What does it mean that Colossians 3:7 has “historical” language?
- Is there a way in which the “what was” in your life is a barrier to what “could be”?
- What is the difference between “anger” and “wrath”?
- What might it look like for you to “put off” the old self today? (Col. 3:9)
- Read Romans 6:2 and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to truly understand your current behavior and condition?
- What comfort and encouragement is there to be found in Colossians 3:10,11?
- How does the following quote help you to understand Colossians 3:1-11?
“To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do—to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst—is by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from. You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own.”… Frederick Buechner (b. 1926), The Sacred Journey, San Fransisco: Harper & Row, 1982, p. 46