If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Q1: If you are on the abundant life journey with Jesus, the things that are .
1 Chronicles 22:19
Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Q2: God's desire is not to be or , but close.
How do I seek the Lord?
Q3: Make consistent a part of your waiting.
Q4: There's and when we seek the Lord.
"Today could be the day that God answers the prayer, performs the miracle, or keeps the promise." (Mark Batterson)
Put to death, therefore, what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these, the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.
Q5: Paul says to take off the and put on the .
Put on, then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Q6: What impacted you from the message?
Read Colossians 3:1-4
Q7: What are you currently doing to pursue a deeper knowledge of Christ?
Q8: How could setting your mind on things in heaven help you while living on earth?
Q9: You may have heard the saying “Don't be so heavenly minded that you're no earthly good’. How does that saying compare with this passage?
Read Colossians 3:5-7
Q10: Sex that happens outside the marriage relationship is defined as sexual immorality in the Bible. How does our culture define sexual immorality?
Q11: Do you ever struggle with the tension of how the culture defines behavior and how the bible defines behavior? What are some examples?
Q12: How do you put things like sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness to death?
Read Colossians 3:8-11
Q13: We have been saying in this series that the Christian life is not a list of do’s and don’ts. What is the difference between a list of don’ts and putting things like anger, wrath, slander, and obscene talk away?
Read Colossians 3:12-15
Q14: We put off the bad things in the previous verses and in these verses we are to put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. How do you put these things on?
Q15: Describe a time when you have seen love bind things together in the church or in your family.
Q16: What person, place, or purpose are you currently BLESSing? (See BLESS Acronym at the end of the questions)
Q17: What person, place, or purpose is our group BLESSing?