Getting rid of the ladder
In the twists and turns of the adventures that God is calling us to, He’s constantly reminding us that the greatest adventure is in knowing Him. Each week, we’re producing notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks from our ‘Jesus Changes Everything’ series — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to download it on a PC.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:21–23
Naturally we are hostile or indifferent to God, such is our spiritual deadness in sin. God has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus death and resurrection. Jesus has carried our sin, died our death and in exchange given us His righteousness and His everlasting life. We simply receive it by faith. This is the gospel proclaimed, through which the Spirit brings us to life, causing us to love God.
This letter is addressed to the whole company of believers, not to just an individual. Therefore, the right way to read it is in the plural more than the singular. Therefore, through His death and resurrection we are to be presented holy and blameless and above reproach in Him. Paul says to us as a family that we are to “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel.”(v23) We have a role in nurturing one another’s faith, proclaiming the gospel to one another and upholding each other. What a privilege!
The Greek word used for ‘if you continue in the faith’ does not express doubt about it (our language cannot convey that so well). Though there is a warning of the necessity of continuing in faith, there is here great confidence that this will indeed be the case, because God will keep us faithful…He’s the giver! Not only that, but He will use each of us to encourage faith in each other along the way.
- What aspect of Sunday’s talk particularly spoke to you?
- How does God change us in reconciling us to himself? In what way does that make us fully alive, fully human?
- Since God is the one who presents us as holy and above reproach, what should our response be? What does that tell you about God’s heart towards you? How does that provide for our confidence, joy and peace?
- Is it important as a Christian to be part of a local church? What does it mean to be part of the church?
- How can we adopt a habit of encouraging one another’s faith? What does it look like to hold out the hope of the gospel to one another?
- Why not share some stories of how your faith has been nurtured and sustained by others within the church?
About the World
- How does witnessing genuine loving community speak to the world about God?