Why We Do What We Do (Colossians 1:9-14)

9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Key Questions:

1) How do we resist this?  (Religion v. Irreligion)

2) What in this passage do you see as “belonging” to God?

3) Why does Paul pray that we be filled with power?

4) What does it mean to:

– …walk in a manner worthy of the Lord?

– …be fully pleasing to him?

-…bearing fruit in every good work?

– …increasing in the knowledge of God?

5) Where do we find the strength/motivation to carry out #4?

Money Quotes

Faith is transferring your trust from your own efforts to the efforts of Christ. You were relying on other things to make you acceptable, but now you consciously begin relying on what Jesus did for your acceptance with God. All you need is nothing. If you think, ‘God owes me something for all my efforts,’ you are still on the outside.”     – Tim Keller

“Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.”    – Blaise Pascal

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