Bakersfield Church Of Christ

LIVING OUT FAITH BY LOVING LIKE CHRIST

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

“Week of July 24-30”

Getting Started

This week we had a guest speaker, Larry Hill, who is a former member of the BCOC and who currently residing in Houston, Texas.

What about his visit and his sermon did you find encouraging and/or challenging?

Imagine yourself, 10 years from now, having the opportunity to address the BCOC. What things would you share that you are grateful for? What great memories would you share?

Going Deeper

This week we will study a lengthier passage of scripture in depth. It is from a letter Paul addressed to the church in Colossae, a church which he himself did not plant. Still, he wanted to strengthen them through his words. As you read, please underline any commands or instructions Paul makes.

Colossians 3:11-17

11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

How many instructions did Paul give? Was there a common purpose or a theme uniting them?

These instructions all follow Paul’s statement that we are new creatures in Christ. Now we are united, but previously we were divided. Paul lists the parts of our old lives that caused division: race, customs, nationality, and socio-economic status. Have you or someone you know experienced divisions caused by these things? If you’re comfortable, please share.

Paul goes on to say that Christ is all important (v.11). Look back over the list of instructions Paul gives. How does Christ’s example serve as a foundation for these instructions?

Lastly, Paul says that love is the one thing we learn from Christ that carries the most importance. It is what unites us in perfect unity (v.14). Can you think of someone in your life that is a great example of love? What do they do that inspires you?

Bringing it Home

The instructions on how we should treat each other could be split into two categories: active and inactive. Active instructions are things you do like teaching or serving. Inactive things are things you don’t do like holding grudges or causing division. As you think through how you can apply this study to your life, which kind of instruction is more appropriate for you? Is there an instruction you haven’t been obeying?

What is one thing from our study this week that you’d like to apply to your life?

Notice the instruction in verse 16: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly.” How can you apply the things we studied not only dutifully but richly?

Prayer Requests