Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What ways have you seen God at work in the past week?
What is your favorite piece of clothing? What’s one you should have thrown away already?
5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:5-15 (NLT)
As you read the lists Paul gives here (both good and bad), how would you respond to him?
a. Paul, why are you always going on about all the things we could possibly do wrong?
b. Show me someone who can actually live the way you’re hoping for.
c. How exactly do we put these things on (and take the others off)?
d. Sure, it would be great if we could all live this way!
e. other _________________
Why do you think Paul uses this image of “stripping off” and “putting on” here?
What kinds of things keep us wearing the old clothes Paul talks about here? What would you say it takes to put on the new clothes?
What might be the result of putting on the new clothes daily? On you personally? On the people around you?
When you think of your own life, what kinds of new clothes have you seen God give you? What might God be calling you to put on this week?