W.A.R. Bible Study
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
A Study of Colossians – Lesson #4
“Getting The Church On Bible Ground”
The Symbolisms of an Anchoring Faith
The Apostle Paul clearly wanted the Saints at Colosse to become anchored in the Word of God. In this passage Paul used circumcision to symbolically and adequately describe how each believer is connected to Jesus Christ. Christian circumcision does not pertain to the cutting of flesh, as Jewish custom, but putting off of the body the sins of the flesh through the circumcision of Christ. It is the spiritual circumcision of ones heart that Paul is emphasizing. (Not an altering of flesh but of spirit)
As believers we obey the ordinance of baptism which symbolizes Christ burial and His resurrection. The believer is buried in the water but raised to new life (vivification – new life). The faith of the operation of God means those who believed were changed and saved through faith in Jesus Christ; which faith was produced by the energy of God. Believing is the act of the soul; but the grace or power to believe comes from God himself.
Dead In Sins & Resurrected In Jesus
Paul, theologically, described how we were dead in our sins. “When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive with Christ! All sins were forgiven; the slate was wiped clear because sin was nailed to the cross.”
WARNINGS for the Church not on Bible Ground
The dangers a church is confronted with when not on Bible Ground. They include but are not limited to the following:
- Missing the Reward of the Grace of the Gospel of Christ by being fooled and cheated through philosophy and deceitful teachings.
- Being deceived by those with false humility through the worship of angels, false visions and strict rules that have no value over our war against the flesh.
- Not ever knowing that in Christ we are made complete because we have undergone a circumcision that has nothing to do with the flesh but a spiritual circumcision of the heart that has brought us alive.
- Not knowing that Christ has nailed to the cross the “handwritten requirements” that are against us and removed it.
- No knowing that no one can judge us regarding religious observances that were only pointing to the coming of Christ.
- Why was in not necessary for Gentile Christians to be circumcised and follow Jewish religious customs?
- How did the Cross of Calvary cancel the written code?
- What did Christ deliver us from? How?
- How did Paul encourage the Colossians to practice their freedom in Christ?
- How did Christ fulfill what the Old Testament prophesied or foreshadowed? Christ turned the shadow into substance.
- Whom did Paul accuse of trying to rob believers of their spiritual rewards?
- What were the characteristics of the false teachers?
- How did Paul challenge the legalism that had infected the church?
- What are the failings of human commands and teachings?
- How clear is your group on what God expects from those who study His Word? Clarity level from 1 to 10. ________
- Explain what God wants from those who study His Word.
- What “Church Traditions” do you hold dear that have nothing to do with righteousness?
- What responsibilities does the Pastor and Congregation have with becoming Bible Grounded? Name 3 for each.
- What does “fullness in Christ” mean to you?
- Paul’s advice kept the Colossians growing in their faith and on Bible Ground; what keeps you on track spiritually?
- How deep are the roots of your faith? Explain.
Make It Personal
- This week, how can you best exercise the freedom you have in Christ?
- Do you ever feel s though you are missing something God has for you?
- Do you feel incomplete in your relationship with Christ?
- What does “new life” in Christ mean to you?
- Do you really understand grace?
- How can you help a Christian friend get rid of his or her false ideas about Christ and His Church?
Because of Him!