Colossians 1:11 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:11

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:11

Colossians 1:11 ESV

being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul is continuing his prayer for the Colossians. They were dealing with something in their culture that was confusing and frustrating to them. These words would have been a welcome encouragement and support to them

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
God’s power gives us glorious might that brings with it joyful endurance and patience.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Again very powerful reminders that I can endure with joyful patience because of the Power that backs me. I do not have to, nor should I do things on my own strength. It is also a reminder to spread these truths as Paul is doing to other Christians who are within my scope of influence. God IS glorious and IS mighty. He is the source of patience and joy. He is the source of allowing me to endure. Thank you God!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:10 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:10

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:10

Colossians 1:10 ESV

so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul was praying for the Colossians as followers of Christ that they would be filled with Godly wisdom so that they would be able to discern and know what God wanted from them. In order to please God, they would need to know how to live. It was not by human standards, but that of God. Praying this over them was allowing Paul to also teach them this truth. He was letting them in on a Godly secret so to speak that by understanding God’s will through His wisdom they would be able to live a life that is worthy and pleasing to God and in turn, would be profitable not only to them but also to lost souls around them that would be saved as they continued to be sanctified.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Walking in a manner worthy of God is based on His standards and not our own. If our lives are to be pleasing to Him, then we must please Him by following His rules and commands. By doing this we will bear good fruit in what we do and we will increase in His knowledge.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Sanctification is something I desire to be able to see. Sometimes I do, but mostly it is something that I need to look at over many months and even years to see growth in. What I love about the wisdom of God, is that I can ask God to give me more of His wisdom, and He does! Immediately. This only happens though when I am walking with Him and in Him based on His desires and not my own. That wisdom is something that always bears fruit when I share Christ with others or disciples others. It always increases the knowledge of God outward to others.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:9 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:9

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:9

Colossians 1:9 ESV

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul continues to let them know how encouraged he is by the Colossians and, by example, is letting them know how much he is praying for them. This is teaching them that prayer is important and to pray for one another. The prayer specifically surrounds understanding God’s will and to be filled with His spiritual wisdom.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Pray for others who are saved that they would be full of the wisdom of God that will bring them spiritual knowledge and understanding.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
This is my prayer every day. At the end of every prayer I ask that the Holy Spirit would fill me with the wisdom of God to understand and discern His will. Godly wisdom is different from worldly wisdom. It is far richer and robust. This encourages me and reminds me to be less selfish in my prayers and to pray this for my sisters and brothers in Christ as well. The more the church as a whole is filled with the wisdom of God to understand His will, the better we will be equipped to glorify Him!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:8 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:8

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:8

Colossians 1:8 ESV

and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
In context of who Paul is writing to and who he just mentioned (Epaphrus) it is fitting for Paul to give the reader a connection point. He is commending them on their love in the Spirit. This would have had a great impact on those reading this letter. Love is one of the key elements to the gospel message and Paul is giving rightful credit to the fact that love is obtained only when in the Holy Spirit.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Love is not something we are good at on our own. We must plug into the Holy Spirit (God) as our Source.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
This reminds me that while human love is possible, and very real, the love that comes from God through His Holy Spirit is something that far surpasses all other types of love. It is the true love that Jesus asks us to love one another in. Not with, but in. Being in something means being surrounded by it. My human desire is to try to love others on my own and that always fails. When I plug into the Source and surround myself with Him, it is only then that the unthinkable happens: I begin to truly hurt for those who have hurt me. I begin to have compassion on those who are angry, and who have done harm to me. I pray for vastly different things when I am in the love of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:7 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:7

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:7

Colossians 1:7 ESV

 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
The Christians at Colossae was due to the faithfulness of Epaphras as he was the one who planted that church. What a blessing to be called by name and recorded in history as a beloved and faithful minister and fellow servant of Christ!

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
We all must be servants, serving one another by being faithful ministers of Jesus by sharing His word and helping grow His church.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Whenever I see other churches planting more churches, it is a glorious thing. It reminds me to do more to help grow God’s church in whatever capacity that may be. For some it may be actually moving to another city or state or country to plant a new church. For others it may be sharing with their own family to grow God’s church. For even others it may be sharing online or writing a book about salvation. And even for others it may be the funding of missions if they are unable to do anything else. Every single person is necessary. Just because you may not be able to get up and go on a mission trip does not mean you do not have work to do. Simply volunteering at your church to send letters out to get support can be a huge help! Consider all aspects of ministry.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:6 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:6

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:6

Colossians 1:6 ESV

which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
The good news came to those at Colossae and Paul is reminding them that Jesus is spreading like wild-fire and is producing much fruit. Fruit in this passage is specifically regarding people hearing the gospel and getting saved. Just as they heard it, understood it, and were saved!

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
The gospel message is something we should be proud and honored to share. It bears fruit and will increase those who are saved. When a person is saved, and they fully understand “the grace of God in truth”, it is impossible not to tell people what they have found in Jesus. As move forward, that initial spark and love can sometimes fade. This is an encouragement to remember!

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
When I think back to the day I was saved, it was incredible! I wanted everyone to know and I wanted everyone to have what I found. My prayers were different back then and more universal with a desire to get that last person saved so that Jesus could come back in all His glory. Now, as time has passed, I realize I can become complacent and lazy in my sharing Christ with others. A sort of “why bother because they are so lost” mentality creeps in. I will use this verse to remember that God is the one who increases the fruit. I must pray for low hanging fruit that I might partake in a small part in the salvation of people around me.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:5 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:5

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:5

Colossians 1:5 ESV

because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul knew the people he was writing to were Christinas. They have a confident hope for heaven and they knew the gospel or good news.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
All who are saved have a sealed and confidence in our future citizenship in heaven. It is true and the gospel message is truth Truth.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
When I get down in the dumps, feel sick, or tired, and overwhelmed, I often forget that I have treasure laid up in heaven. I must remember my confidence that I have in the gospel that I know is true. Thank you Jesus for blessing me so incredibly!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:4 Inductive Bible Study

Colossians 1:4

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:4

Colossians 1:4 ESV

since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
The people Paul was writing to were Christians. Paul was pleased to know that the church at Colossae were full of faith and love for one another.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Allow your faith to be known to everyone. Share life with other Christians and love them well.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Loving others can be hard for me. I am an introvert who can easily stay at home for weeks only to go out for lunch with my even more introverted husband. My love in action for other Christians in my church is lacking. I try, but feel, perhaps it is not enough. My own fears and insecurities get in the way. I must work harder at loving others in my church.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:3 Inductive Bible Study

Colossians 1:3

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:3

Colossians 1:3 ESV

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

 

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
While the letter was written by Paul, he was with Timothy and included him as someone he prays with often and “does life with”. Giving thanks to God always was a common practice and encouragement to the people of the early church. Paul often stated that he prayed for other Christians he was writing to by giving thanks to God for them and also praying for them. It is interesting to note that Paul clearly states that he is praying for them and is thankful for them.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
It is important to remember to give thanks to God for those who are in your life that are brothers and sisters in Christ. It is equally important to pray for those people.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Using Paul’s example, I want to practice thanking God for the Christian family He has placed in my life and also remember to pray for them. Paul was a great example to all Christians, and I find that I personally relate to him and his ministry most in regard to his struggles and his ability to see things very clearly. Praying specifically for those who are in my Christian circles does not happen daily and I need to do this more. I know I can be increasingly more hermit-like, and while I suppose Paul lived some of his later years in prison, he still made time to write letters and let people know he cared deeply for them.

 

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen