Monday, February 23, 2009

St. Paul's Bible Study Workshop

Discussion underway from St. Paul's Workshop:
Lesson 6 of 10
Colossians 3:5-4:18

Main Headings:
1. Renunciation of Vice
  • -Reject evil, do good: "Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly"
  • Put to death what is not good: "immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry
  • Because of these the wrath of God 4 is coming (upon the disobedient).
  • By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
  • But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language; stop lying to one another
  • Since you have taken off the old self with its practices
  • And have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator
  • Here there is not Greek or Jew, circumcision and uncircumsicion, barbarian Scythian, slave, free
  • But Christ is all and in all
  • As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
  • Put on then, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience
  • Bearing with one another
  • Forgiving one another
  • If one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do
  • And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection
  • And let the peace of Christ control your hearts
  • The peace into which you were also called in one body
  • And be thankful
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
  • As in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another
  • Singing psalms hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God
  • And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
  • Giving thanks to God the Father through him
2. The Christian Family
  • Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord.
  • Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them.
  • Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.
  • Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.
3. Slaves and Masters
  • Slaves, obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will receive recompense for the wrong he committed, and there is no partiality.
  • Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, realizing that you too have a Master in heaven.
4. Prayer and Apostolic Spirit
  • Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving;
  • at the same time, pray for us, too, that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak of the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I must speak.
  • Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
  • Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one.
5. Tychicus and Onesimus
  • Tychicus, my beloved brother, trustworthy minister, and fellow slave in the Lord, will tell you all the news of me.
  • I am sending him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us and that he may encourage your hearts,
  • together with Onesimus, a trustworthy and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.
6. From Paul's Co-Workers
  • Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings,
  • as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions; if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus, who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision;
  • these alone are my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
  • Epaphras 5 sends you greetings; he is one of you, a slave of Christ (Jesus), always striving for you in his prayers so that you may be perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
  • For I can testify that he works very hard for you and for those in Laodicea 6 and those in Hierapolis
  • Luke the beloved physician sends greetings, as does Demas.
7. A Message for the Laodicians
  • Give greetings to the brothers in Laodicea and to Nympha and to the church in her house.
  • And when this letter is read before you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and you yourselves read the one from Laodicea.
  • And tell Archippus, "See that you fulfill the ministry that you received in the Lord."
  • The greeting is in my own hand, Paul's. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

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