Paul had never been to Colossae, just as he has never been to Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, or Durham…and clearly the distance between the culture of ancient Turkey in 60 AD and us today might seem to place us in very different worlds. I think you will be surprised at how powerfully Paul’s Spirit-given words become God’s “now” words for us as we delve into our eight-week study of Colossians.

These are relatively new Christians, and they are living in a veritable marketplace of competingbelief systems. Sound familiar? “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (Col 2:4). Listen carefully and you can put yourself under Paul’s apostolic ministry just as much as these early Colossians. In a world that speaks of my truth and your truth God is revealing “the word of the truth, the gospel” (Col 1:5).

Three Big Things: (1) the supremacy of Christ, (2) competing voices, and (3) the “therefore”…how to live.

Scripture: Scan Colossians 1 and 2 looking for Paul’s topics.

Make a list of the topics you notice:

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May I introduce you to a simple but powerful way to pray-read a passage? First, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you; next, read Paul’s prayer for you in (Col 1:9-13); and finally, experiment with praying these very words for yourself.

Did the Holy Spirit impress you with some word, some thought? Ask the Holy Spirit to bring this word or thought back to you during the day.