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Listening to and Obeying the Word of God

To download the Bible Study Preparation Materials for August 18, 2010, please click here.

Now the plot within Colossians thickens a bit!
  • This week in Bible Study we will be studying Paul’s pastoral concerns for the spiritual health of the church at Colossae.
  • The scriptural basis for the lesson will be Colossians 2:4-10.
  • At Bible Study we will be focusing on sound Biblical doctrine with a view towards its practical application in the life of a Christian.
Lesson Outline:
  1. Pastoral concerns concerning heresy
  2. The Christian’s victory in Christ
  3. A call for Christians to be alert to false teachers
  4. The truthfulness of Jesus’ deity
  5. The Christian’s completeness in Christ
Bible Study Question of the week:
What practical things can Christians do to encourage one another?
Please explain your response(s) below.  If you are able, please provide a
biblical reference (explanation) for your answer.

Posted in Bible Study, Christian Discussion, Christian Worship.


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  1. Shenita Johnson says

    What can Christians do to encourage one another? The primary thing they can do is to seek the Truth by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them. That is the Holy Spirit’s job, according to Jesus. Keeping one’s focus on seeking the Truth is “The Way” or narrow path that will lead to eternal life. Secondly, Jesus said the fulfullment of the law is to love God first and completely and to love others as onesself. So, Christians can help each other more by living Spirit-filled lives, being guided, thought by thought, by Love, than talking about it. Seeing one’s brother as onesself means that we are united in One Spirit (the Holy Spirit) and therefore at peace with others. In Oneness there is no friction. We can, as Christians, more than anything encourage each other to forgive others of perceived transgressions and to be in harmony with everyone, through love. Anyone who does not love ones own fellow-person, cannot claim to love God, based on scripture. We are to love everyone, not just brothers in Christ. To me, following Jesus’ teachings of love, peace, forgiveness, healing and joy, etc. is sufficient. His teachings are spelled out, clearly. Fellow Christians could encourage each other to establish a lifestyle based on Jesus’ teachings, which will, ultimately, lead to eternal life, which is our goal. But, remember, there are only a few on the pathway that leads to eternal life, according to scripture. However, it is not God’s will for any to be lost. We, Christians, need to work together to assist our brothers in Christ to understand God’s Will and to conform our will to His, so we cannot be lost through erroneous teachings that will destroy our lives and quest for Heaven. So, having a disciplined mind is essential to establishing a lifestyle that will be pleasing to God. God wants us to be perfectly Holy and, only, through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit is that possible. Our fellow Christian, who is living a Holy life and has a pure heart, knows God’s Love for humanity and these enlightened guides/healers/ministers, etc. can teach others how to find the Peace of God through their teachings, just as Rabbi/Jesus did/does through his teachings.

    Mature Christians can help new ones not through arguing with them to prove the teachings of Jesus are true, by by living pure, simple, good, Holy lives. And, not through name-calling non-believers or those of other religions, but by demonstrating they have mastery over their life and circumstances because they are guided by the teachings of Jesus and they listen to the Holy Spirit, rather than falsehood or lies that will not lead to eternal life.

    Fellow Christians can help each other stay on the right path by encouraging others to stay committed, when they fall into temptation to waver from the teachings of Jesus. One thing that criples believer’s testimony is that they partake of the ways and values of the world, like revenge, judgment and condemnation, frivolities, belief in scarcity, worldly cravings and materialism. The things of the world distract Christians, so we can keep our Minds on pure and Holy thoughts so we will not be ensnared by our own wicked desires to treasure idols (cars, houses, power, prestige, wealth, etc) above God and Christ, the unified Sonship.

  2. admin says

    So, you say that Christians can encourage one another by:
    Following Jesus’ teachings of love, peace, forgiveness, healing and joy, etc.
    Could you list what this looks like in practical everyday type of situations/scenarios ?
    Also, would you please cite your scriptural reference for Jesus’ teachings of love that exemplify the ways in which you say Christians can encourage one another?
    Thanks:)

    Also concerning the following statements you made:
    Mature Christians can help new ones not through arguing with them to prove the teachings of Jesus are true, by by living pure, simple, good, Holy lives. And, not through name-calling non-believers or those of other religions, but by demonstrating they have mastery over their life and circumstances because they are guided by the teachings of Jesus and they listen to the Holy Spirit, rather than falsehood or lies that will not lead to eternal life.

    What is a mature Christian? Please provide some scriptural references to backup your point
    What does pure, simple, good, and Holy life look life in real everyday practical applications (situations)?

  3. Anonymous says

    “As great as receiving encouragement is, there is something even greater–becoming an effective encourager. Here are some tips for developing this powerful ministry.

    If you want to be effective in this area, you need to know and use God’s Word.

    It is God’s Word, not our personality, cleverness, intelligence, etc. that has the power to lift people up and give them hope (Rom. 15:4). Isaiah describes the Messiah’s effect on his followers, and the reason while he had that effect read Isa. 50:4). He could sustain the weary with a word because he has been instructed by God through his Word. It’s great to learn a passage that lifts you up. It’s even more fulfilling to use that same passage to life someone else up.

    This is the most basic (yet one of the most powerful) ways to use scripture in ministry. Sometimes this means showing or sharing a passage. Sometimes it means phrasing it in your own words. Sometimes it means sharing how this truth has encouraged you in a similar situation.

    Make this a goal when you meet with other Christians.

    Read Heb. 10:25. If you’re into following Christ, you’re into getting together with other Christians. Some meetings I go to seem dead, stifling–like a mortuary. Others are electric and refreshing–alive with the presence of God. What is the reason for this disparity? Most people would say it is the quality of the teaching, but I disagree. The key factor is how many people have come with the commitment to encourage others. This produces an intangible atmosphere that builds people up and attracts non-Christians to Christ.

    This is a key maturity step–to go over from attending merely to receive to coming with the commitment to give. It also is key in continuing to enjoy meetings after you are grounded in the Word.

    This requires prayerfully considering beforehand how you can encourage your friends (Heb. 10:24).

    As you think about them and pray for them, God will often draw your attention to the kind of encouragement they need and give you a word for them. When this happens, follow through! You’ll be amazed to see how often this was exactly what they needed!

    In this regard, realize that emails, notes, phone calls can be very powerful media for encouragement (unlike admonition).

    If you are a good listener, you will usually find plenty of opportunity for encouragement.

    Why is this? For one thing, listening communicates love and respect–which is encouragement in itself (see Job 21:1). It also helps you to discover what kind of encouragement may be needed. And it increases the likelihood that they will be receptive to your encouragement because you have genuinely listened to them.

    As with any skill or art, you need to practice!

    Don’t wait until it feels “natural”–you’ll wait forever! Our fallen nature will always be aversive to encouragement, so you will need to step out by faith. As you experience the rewards of being used by God in this way, it will become more natural and desirable.

    Make it a goal to encourage someone every single day! Open your eyes to see the many arenas in which you can do this: family; work; neighbors; friends; etc.”

    -Quoted from http://www.xenos.org/teachings/topical/community/gary/community-3.htm
    [paragraph 4]

  4. Anonymous says

    The paragraphs that I just quoted were written by Gary DeLashmutt.



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