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Where is it? In the New Testament, immediately after Philippians and just before 1
Who wrote it? Paul.
Who was he? Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ, but he sure took an interesting route in getting there! He used to hate Christians. In fact, he even persecuted them.
But God temporarily blinded him and helped him see that what he was doing was wrong. When that happened, Paul gave his life to God. You can read the whole story in Acts 9. After Paul began serving God, he wrote several letters (books of the New
Testament) to fellow Christians. Th is book of Colossians is a letter he wrote to the church in the city of Colosse.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father. (Colossians 1:1-2)
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What's an apostle?
A. A figurine for a new game by Milton Bradley.
B. One of the original 12 disciples, plus Matthias and Paul.
C. A Bible professor at Bethlehem Community College.
D. One who pours concrete for swimming pools.
Th e apostles were the original 12 disciples chosen by Jesus. After Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ and died, the disciples met together and prayed for someone to take his place. Matthia Matthias was chosen. Later, after Saul dedicated his life to Christ and his name was changed to Paul, he also joined the rank of apostles.
But everyone who follows Jesus Christ is considered a disciple. How does that make you feel? (Check all that apply.)
A. Pretty special C. Honored
B. Frightened D. Reluctant
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saintsthe faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. (Colossians 1:3-5)
Paul reminded the people in the church of Colosse that he was praying for them. Take a moment to list all the people who pray for you.
Are you aware that Jesus Christ prays for you? In fact, before he was crucifi ed, he prayed an incredibly special prayer for you. Grab your own Bible and fl ip to John 17.
What are some specifi c things Jesus talks to God about on your behalf?
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Are there people for whom you pray regularlregularly? If so, list their names in the space provided. If not, write a prayer asking God to bring specifi c people to your mind for whom God wants you to pray.
Paul also mentions the 'hope that is stored up for you in heaven.' Sometimes we need to be reminded that heaven is our real home. Heaven is where we'll live eternally. We'll never get sick in heaven; we won't suffer; and we'll never experience any problems. Wow! Th ink about it: You'll never be lonely, jealous, picked on, made fun of, or have to worry about how you look (because you'll get a brand-new spiritual body)! We'll also get to live forever with God, who created us. That is our hope.
If you truly looked at life through this perspective, how would that change the daily problems you face? (Check all that apply.)
A. It would make my trials seem smaller.
B. It would give me more confi dence, because I'd realize I have something much greater to look forward to.
C. It would give me true joy.
D. I'd probably worry less about how I look.
All over the world this gospel is producing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth. (Colossians 1:6)
Paul wasn't afraid to preach the gospel. In fact, he shared the Good News everywhere he went. He talked about God when he was in jail, while he was being persecuted,
and on a shipwrecked island. Because his relationship with Jesus consumed him, it was always the topic of his conversation with others.
What about you? Is your relationship with Christ so important to you that you can't help but talk about it? Take this quick quiz and rate your talkability regarding God.