Every Friday, I’ll post thought provoking discussion starters

Paul wrote many of the God-breathed books in the New Testament of the Holy Word of God, including Colossians. I pray thinking through my questions about a few verses will be meaningful for you. And, I hope you’ll find people to discuss them with, especially if you’re people smart and you think well with others.

In Colossians 2:1-4, Paul tells some people that he wants them to be “encouraged in heart and united in love.” Maybe you need this particular section of Scripture today. Would encouragement and unity through love bless you?

Paul wanted people encouraged so they would “have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God.” Are you more able to accurately understand things when you’re encouraged? Does discouragement make you less teachable?

He wrote that Christ is the mystery of God and “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.” What does it mean to you that Christ has all wisdom and knowledge? Do you believe it? Why or why not? Are you glad, unsure, or ambivalent? How do your attitudes and beliefs about this influence your behaviors? How should they?

Paul records another reason for writing to this group of people: “I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.” Do you agree with Paul? Do you believe understanding that all knowledge is hidden in Christ is connected to not being deceived? Why or why not?

What are your takeaways from this passage? So what? Now what?