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Secret Power to Treasures, Purity, and a Good Complexion: A Personal Bible Study on the Book of Colossians
     

Secret Power to Treasures, Purity, and a Good Complexion: A Personal Bible Study on the Book of Colossians

by Susie Shellenberger
 

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Secret Power to Treasures, Purity, and a Good Complexion is a look at the book of Colossians that will help you discern what it means to be a Christian. This book can help you sort out all the stuff you hear about other beliefs and figure out what does and doesn't fit with being a follower of Christ.

And don't worry—this isn't at all like reading a book for

Overview

Secret Power to Treasures, Purity, and a Good Complexion is a look at the book of Colossians that will help you discern what it means to be a Christian. This book can help you sort out all the stuff you hear about other beliefs and figure out what does and doesn't fit with being a follower of Christ.

And don't worry—this isn't at all like reading a book for school. It's more like a map for an adventure. Check it out a little at a time, or a lot; look at it alone, with a friend ... or with a bunch of friends. If you take the time to get through this book, you will:
* Discover treasures you never knew about
* Find goodness you didn't know you had
* Tap into the secret power that will change your life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310256793
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Secret Power Bible Studies for Girls Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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(Note: Each chapter of this Bible study is divided into bite-size chunks that you can either swallow all at once or spread out and complete over a period of time. Try to complete one entire bite at each sitting, okay?)
Colossians
Where is it? In the New Testament, immediately after Philippians and just before 1
Thessalonians.
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)
CHAPTER ONE
Christ: The Energizer!
COLOSSIANS 1
BITE #1
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 saints—the 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?
14 Secret Power to Treasures, Purity, and a Good Complexion
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.
E. Other
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.

Meet the Author

Susie Shellenberger travels as a fulltime speaker forty weeks or weekends every year. She has written fifty-two books, and lives in Bethany, Oklahoma with her two mini Schnauzers Obie and Amos. Susie is a former youth pastor, high school teacher, and editor. She loves Sharpies in every color, burnt hotdogs, and praying at OKC Thunder basketball games.

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