Rooted in Him.
Welcome! We’re glad you’re joining us for Colossians: Rooted in Him. We hope you have a fellowship to gather with as you study His Word.
Father, how grateful we are for Your Word and the blessing of fellowship with other Believers. Open our hearts to You and to one another.
Last week we began our study of Colossians: Rooted in Him by discussing the spiritual practice of meditation. Meditation, hagah in Hebrew, means moan, mutter, plot, speak, and proclaim.
Henry Nouwen describes meditation like this:
Meditation means to let the word descend from our minds into our hearts and thus to become enfleshed. Meditation means eating the word, digesting it, and incorporating it concretely into our lives.Spiritual Direction, p. XVI
Our slow pace through the book of Colossians lends itself to the practice of meditation. We have the time and opportunity to let the words sink deep within and bring our knowing God’s Word to knowing and experiencing God.
In what ways did you notice yourself practicing meditation as you worked your way through the first week of Colossians?
- How was your week of study? Did you find it difficult or easy?
- Is this like any study you’ve done before?
Let’s begin our time together by reading the verses in Colossians we covered this week.
Read Colossians 1:1-10
Discuss the Week One Reflection Questions:
- How did you paraphrase these verses?
- What did you observe about God and His character?
- What does this passage teach about your own condition?
- Did you notice the message of the Gospel?
- What response did you have to the passage? Did your response spur you to action in some way?
Our hope is Jesus. And it is on Him that we fix our gaze.
Colossians: Rooted in Him (p. 16)
When I read “Perhaps we would think that faith is the root. But Paul shows us a beautiful picture of hope as the center…” (p. 16), I realized my knowledge was a bit upside down. I never considered that faith and love flow directly from hope.
The message comes at just the right time as I struggle in this season to find hope. As a result, my faith and my love for others is lacking. Which then leads me to the downward spiral thinking: Is what I’ve confessed to believe really true? Or… is this all a facade? Maybe I’m not the follower of Jesus I thought I was? Who am I to teach or lead worship or engage in the spiritual direction of others?
This week I had the opportunity to spend a day in silence and solitude. I awoke early that morning in the hopes that setting aside time with God would bring comfort, healing, and a closer connection with the Holy. At the end of the day I finally did what I felt the Spirit asking of me for days: to take an authentic inventory of my deficiencies. Oh sisters, that was some list and it brought me to my knees.
That’s when I heard the question, But what Do you have?
I wrote three things:
I have You.
I have Your promises.
I have Your Spirit within.
I didn’t respond by asking for a home to live in, or answers to the what, when, or how. I asked God for a promise. One specifically for me that would speak hope in this place and time. And God faithfully answered, This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his trouble. (Psalm 34:6 ESV)
These words soothe my aching soul. They answer every question, solve every problem and spark hope in the midst of my wrestling. When I’m feeling deficient and I don’t have what it takes to walk through this valley I cry out to the one who hears me. I put my hope in Jesus who saves me from all my trouble.
But the gospel must be learned.
Colossians: Rooted in Him (p. 20)
The study of Colossians this week was a reminder of what I’ve been learning through my current season of life. A season of two years (or more) where relationships and principles I thought rock solid have shifted in ways I never imagined.
Paul confirms for me in his letter to the church that life in Christ is not about externals. It’s not about having things settled in my circumstances but in my heart and spirit — no matter what storms are stirring: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. There is always something for us to learn in this life, most often that we have our hope rooted in the things of this world and not Jesus.
… be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing to all, being fruitful in every good work… Colossians 1:9-10 MEV
What God calls fruitful is not what the world calls fruitful. The application of this week’s passage for me is to continue to learn more about God and His will for me through experiential knowledge of God in His Word and by obedience — living as a branch on the Vine — setting my hope in Jesus and NOT my circumstances.
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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Lord Jesus, keep our thoughts on You! Amen.
Blessings for the next leg of the journey.Stacy & Carol