COLOSSIANS 1:1-2 // FAMILY FAITH
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Think of a time when you were honored for something. What was that like? How did that make you feel?
1. How does Paul describe himself in verse 1? What comes to mind when you hear the word “apostle”? The word apostle means “sent one”. How does this help us to understand Paul’s role and mission? What about ours?
2. Paul uses language of family in this opening of his letter. He honors Timothy by calling him brother and he honors the church at Colossae by calling them faithful brothers and saints. How does this help to shape our identity as God’s people?
3. Paul calls the believers in the church at Colossae saints, which means “holy ones”. Why do you think Paul uses that term for the believers?
4. What is grace? What is peace? Why do these things come from God the Father?
1. Our families of origin (who we grew up with) shape and form us into the people we are today; our personalities, our values, and even our weaknesses have been shaped and formed by our families of origin. How much of your own story do you know?
2. How would viewing myself as a saint change the way I relate to God and to others?
3. Do you view yourself as part of the church family? Why or why not?