Finding Fulfilment in Christ

Our studies in Colossians focus on the theme of "Finding Fulfilment in Christ."

This is a timely message for us as we face continual challenges to remain committed to the truth - both in our personal belief and in our public witness (these are main expressions of our discipleship).

The Colossian church was exposed to a variety of teaching, much of which sought to displace Christ with human wisdom and empty ritual. To counter this wrong teaching, Paul focuses on Jesus – who He is, what He came to do and the fact that we need no one or nothing more than Him in our search for a Saviour.

Study 6: A necessary commitment

To think about …

  1. 1. What attitudes or examples can you see in family or work life in the 21st Century which actively promote or present Christian values?
  2. 2. What kind of lead or example do you think the church should take in addressing both practical matters of family life and morality as a whole?


100-percent.jpgSome of mankind's greatest contributions have come from people who decided that no sacrifice was too large and no effort too great to accomplish what they set out to do.

Edison spent years producing and perfecting the first electric light bulb; after 4 years of intensive work W H Carothers at Du Pont produced the world’s first synthetic fibre (nylon) in 1935; William Carey worked for years in India with the BMS until he saw the first convert.

Study 5: Out with the old

In preparation for the Olympic Games, every competitor commits to four years of training which they hope will culminate as they stand on the victor's podium and receive the gold medal.

RunningOf all the races, the most taxing is probably the marathon: run near the end of the games, the runners ooze concentration and dedication from every pore. They set their hearts and minds on one thing: to finish the race. They shed pounds, unnecessary clothing or anything else that might slow them down.

The Christian life is often portrayed - especially by Paul - as a race (see 1 Corinthians 9:24; Galatians 2:2) but it is not a sprint, more a marathon. In the same way as marathon runners shed every excess pound of flesh and every hindrance to performance, so are we to do the same. We are to take off anything that slows us down and set our hearts and minds on Jesus and on the finish line

Study 3: Sharing our faith

What is your goal or aim in life? Is it to earn enough to provide for a comfortable life now and for retirement later? Is it to give enough to keep conscience at bay? Is it to live in such a way so that in everything you do, it is done to glorify God?

goals usability testMany people today are used to the idea of goals or targets: our jobs often demand them, our bank balance demonstrates them and our lifestyle is in need of them. But, what are our spiritual goals? What examples do we have - and how might we learn from each other?

In this study from Colossians 1 & 2 Paul describes his goals, the personal struggles he goes through in getting there and the spiritual resources he has at his disposal to enable him to attain them.

Study 1: Power at work

Our new studies in Colossians focus on the theme of "Finding Fulfilment in Christ."

poer at wok.jpgThis is a timely message for us as we face continual challenges to remain committed to the truth - both in our personal belief and in our public witness (these are main expressions of our discipleship).

The Colossian church was exposed to a variety of teaching, much of which sought to displace Christ with human wisdom and empty ritual. To counter this wrong teaching, Paul focuses on Jesus – who He is, what He came to do and the fact that we need no one or nothing more than Him in our search for a Saviour. In our first study, we look at the power of prayer as a means of encouragement for one another.

Study 4: Growing Up

Colossians was written when the foundations of the faith were being shaken by diverse interpretations. It affected both belief and practice - the basis and the expression of faith. There was ceremony without commitment, heart; the worship of angels above God; a reductionist approach to the work of Christ on the cross; a reliance on secret knowledge and human wisdom. It was a blend calculated to take the eyes off of God.
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To think about ....
What one thing could make your life more fulfilling than it is now?
How would you explain such fulfillment to someone who is "spiritual" but not a Christian?

God calls us to continually reflect over what he is saying to us, both where we individually and where we are as a church. In these verses, Paul begins to develop his arguments against the false teachings within the church which were threatening the faith of the new converts. He identifies several key features of the false teaching and contrasts each one to the character of true faith in Christ:  look for these in the passage.

Study 2: Jesus - the only way

Today we frequently hear phrases like "all roads lead to God: it’s not a matter of the destination but the journey that is important; everyone is trying to get to the same place; that belief is fine for you, but I don't (or I can't) accept it."

truthWe are also told that truth is only relative to the hearer and that only religious bigots or fanatics claim that faith can be understood as true or false. This is not a new problem: it seems that the Colossians had heard about Jesus and worshipped him, It was not, though, an exclusive relationship for them as they saw Jesus as one spirit or guide amongst many.

Today’s readings consider Jesus’ role in the creation of the world as well as considering His contribution to redeeming humanity, thus reconciling us to God.  It is a clear statement of Christ’s supremacy that gives us great confidence in our task of making Jesus known.