DIG: Colossians 3:18-4:1

“Wives submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting the Lord.”

This is scripture and others like it have been used to do damage to the image of God inherit in women for a thousand years. We often choose to read over this scripture and others like it in an attempt to pretend they aren’t there. This week we press into the central question of Bible study: “What would the first readers have heard when they read this scripture?” We’ll deal with these texts head on and we find that they are more liberating than we may have imagined.

DIG: Colossians 3:1-11

Paul uses the Jesus’ future vision of the world to set up his argument about how the Colossians are to live now. In doing so he gives us one of the simplest and most distinctive pictures of what Good living looks like. Our identity in the future of Jesus is the ultimate driver of our ethics right here and right now.

DIG: Colossians 2:13-23

Paul dives head first into the problem (or set of problems) that he is trying to address with his letter to the Colossian church. He describes two worlds; two dynamic and powerful forces that are at play vying for the attention of the new Christ followers there. Which world is the right one?

DIG Colossians 2:6-15

The Apostle Paul reminds us that over and against the prevailing messages of the day, the philosophical takes that require us to downgrade our self identity for the sake of someone elses profit, Jesus came to affirm humanity, even and especially our human bodies.  More than that: Jesus came to depose the forces that oppose our humanity, that seek to gain from and exploit our humanity.

DIG: Colossians 1:21-23

What is “The Gospel” that the apostle Paul is always talking about? What does it mean to have our faith planted in a firm foundation? So many of us at Last City are here because we need a place to unpack our own history and baggage with the church. Lets talk about how to do that well and without destroying the good things that are waiting for us as we excavate the rubble.

DIG: Colossians 1:15-20

The “Christ Hymn” in Colossians 1 is possibly one of the oldest Christian writings/sayings in existence. Its shows that right from the beginning Jesus was seen as not only a teaching figure, but central to God’s cosmic plan of redemption for the whole world. The particularity of Jesus story no doubt was a way for Colossian Christians to understand themselves as part of God’s movement in the world. How do we see ourselves in the particular?