Noon Day Bible Study
Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Facilitator: Dr. Jacques Boyd, Lead Servant
May 31, 2023
The Sufficient King: Overview of Colossians & Philemon
Colossians: New Life in Christ
Attack on the sufficiency of Jesus Christ.
- Judaising tendencies deny the ___________________ of Christ’s work (2:16-17)
- Preoccupation with angelic experiences deny the _______________________ of Christ (2:18-19)
- Asceticism denies the __________________________ of Christ. (2:20-23)
The life of the Kingdom is a cross-centered life.
Key verses: 2:6-7
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
- The source of their new life
- ________________ God
- _______________ Christ
- Through Christ ________________
- The purpose of their new life
- ________________ God
- For others
- The need to persevere
What is it in our lives that might replace Christ in terms of how we live the Christian life?
- Are we always looking to the next spiritual ‘high’
- The great sermon
- The answered prayer
- The new Christian book
All these things are good only as much as they point us back to the gospel and to depend upon Christ.
- Do we depend upon ourselves or Christ?
- How different would your day look if you decided that tomorrow you were going to stop trying to live for Jesus in His strength and start living in your strength?
- When things are going well, do we feel good about ourselves, or feel grateful to the Lord?
- Introduction (1:1-14)
- Christ is sufficient for attaining new life. (1:15-20)
- Reconciliation of the Colossians to God (1:21-23)
- The apostle Paul’s labor for the gospel (1:24-2:3)
- The worldly alternatives, and their dangers (2:4-23)
- How to out our new life in Christ (3:1-4:6)
- Personal notes and final greetings (4:7-18)
Philemon: Reconciliation in the Kingdom
Key verses (8-9)
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you.
Major Themes and Message
- Reconciliation through the power of the cross
- Appealing on the basis of love
- Paul’s greeting (1-3)
- Thanksgiving and intercession for Philemon (4-21)
- Paul’s plea for Onesimus (8-22)
- Paul’s return of Onesimus (8-16)
- Philemon’s reception of Onesimus (17-22)
- Final remarks (23-25)