A Door For The Word: Colossians 4:1-6

A DOOR FOR THE WORD

COLOSSIANS 4:1-6

I.   BE FAIR

a.  Who did Paul instruct to be just and fair?

b.  How would this apply in our day and circumstances?

c.  Why should all those in authority treat others with justice and fairness?

   

II.  KEEP PRAYING

a.  Were Paul’s words consistent with what he instructed the other churches regarding prayer?  (Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

b.  Why is it necessary to exercise thanksgiving with our prayers?


c.   There are several words in scripture that describe perseverance in prayer (continue, be steadfast, without ceasing etc)  Who is this characteristic of prayer for…God or us?  Why?

          

III.  SPEAK THE WORD

a.  Paul asks that the Colossian believers pray for “a door for the word”.  How would Paul’s being in prison make this request even more understandable?

 

 

b.  What is the driving motivation for Paul in verses 3-6?

 

 

c.  Paul exhorts the Colossian believers to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside”  Who is he talking about?

 

 

 d.  What does it mean to redeem the time?

 

 

e.  Paul exhorts the Colossians about their speech.  What is “speech with grace, seasoned with salt?” 

                                                                                        

IV.  Application:  Today’s word speaks to us.  We live in a world that seems to run faster and faster with less and less time to really do anything.  Our dealings with people are often rushed and impersonal.  We have to decide to slow down and get personal (in a good way) and quit worrying about volume and focus on being effective in the moments.