Sermons

Christ Loves His Church | Colossians 1:1-14

Jan. 12, 2020

Sermon Description

Paul and Timothy have deep affection for the church in the city of Colossae. This affection is not arbitrary, but it is a direct reflection of the kind of love that Jesus has for his church. This leaves us with the question: do we love the church that Jesus loves?

Discussion Questions

  1. Read John 15:1-17. How does this teaching from Jesus undergird everything we see from Paul and Timothy in Colossians ch. 1? What words or phrases strike you as similar? How does this contribute to Paul and Timothy’s joy over the church in Colossae?

  2. Share with your group if there have been times where you’ve been hurt by “the church.” If appropriate, make it more specific and less general (e.g. this specific person hurt me). Is there follow up that should happen so you can experience healing and grace? How can your group or the elders of Sound City help you in that process?

  3. Similarly, share with your group if there have been times where you’ve been loved well by “the church.” Again, be specific and give thanks to God for those people.

  4. How does God want you to grow as an individual so that Sound City can be the most loving, fruitful, and Christ-like church that we can be? 

Prayer Points

  1. Pray that we would be deeply connected to God’s love as individuals and as a local church. Pray that this love would help us to love each other better.

  2. Pray that we would be a fruitful church, one that is compelled by the love of Jesus to proclaim the gospel with people in our lives who don’t yet know his love.

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