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Pursuit (3) - Questions

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Colossians 3:1-10

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

How does Paul describe our Miraculous Beginning in this passage? Quote specific verses.

How does Paul describe our Ongoing Battle? Quote specific verses.

How does Paul describe our Progressive Renewal? Quote specific verses.

How does Paul describe our Glorious Ending? Quote specific verses.

How does this diagram fit Paul’s thought here?

It’s all by God’s grace!

It’s all by God’s grace!

How do these two quotes help you conceptualize the Christian life?

Jesus is not only the IMAGE of God;
He is the IMAGE of what we are becoming
Without God - I can’t
Without me - God won’t
— St Augustine

As a group say out loud these three bottomline points.

1. In Christ, I am new and getting newer

2. By Christ, I am battling and will win the Victory

3. By grace, I’m becoming what I already am in Christ

Which one is the hardest for you to believe? Which is the easiest? What’s your next step?

Dividing men with men and women with women

Which specific sin do you need to slay? How can your group help you in this?

Karl House