How do we ﬁght sin and live godly loves with others who desire the same things?
Paul begins this section with clear teaching for living with Christ and ﬁghting sin, as well as living as resurrected people.
Paul engages the implications of Jesus being Lord of all things. The material: food, drink, festivals, are all shadows of things to come. The substance is Christ.
Why look elsewhere? Christ is enough!
What causes disunity? People who don’t share a common faith in Christ. Paul wants the church to seek unity and have the wisdom to spot heretics when they come.
How did Paul’s work beneﬁt the church then, and how does it establish a framework for now?
Paul provides a brief picture of what biblical faith looks like, and how we can remain stable, steadfast, and rooted in a gospel-ﬁlled-hope.
Paul wants us to see the Lordship of Christ in all things, and what it means for the church, and how we interact with culture.
In this section, Paul prays a speciﬁc prayer for the people of God to walk in power and knowledge and joy. Why is this prayer signiﬁcant? And how can we follow Paul’s model of praying here?
Christ's life does not end with the cross, but continues on in the resurrection, where is godhood is confirmed in the conquering of death. What does this mean for us?
The incarnational disciple is learning to be aware of God, and making God known in our world in the everyday stuﬀ of life. We are living in the tension of the spiritual and material world.
The disciple of Jesus is to exemplify the call to love neighbor, act justly, and show mercy to those around them. How do we cultivate a life of compassion?
In Jesus, we see the true virtuous and holy life lived in real time. How can we develop a virtuous and holy life like Jesus?
Jesus was well acquainted with intimacy and attentiveness to God through prayer. Through the Lord's Prayer, he provides a pattern for all believers.
Many people forget the way Jesus fought temptation, like we do, is a life saturated with the truth and promises of God in the Scriptures.
God's people need constant reminders of his promises... even in rebuke. Our sinful hearts are always prone to wander, and only by God's grace can we be turned back.
Believers are set apart for (dedicated to) God. What does that look like in your life?
God's Word does not return void. Can you point to ways in which God's Word has been powerful in your life?
This is where Christian spirituality begins and ends. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom the Proverbs say.
The story of Nehemiah and its place in redemptive history is a pointer of the City to come.