Colossians 1 Study Guide

Thanks for joining us this weekend as we kicked off a brand-new study through the Book of Colossians titled “Unrivaled.” In week one, Pastor Doug shared from Colossians 1 as we explored the great hope we have in Christ and how that hope impacts our lives.

Dive deeper into this teaching on your own, with your family, or in your online group! Watch the video below to see a recap of this weekend’s teaching. You can also scroll down to check out expanded notes and summaries from the teaching, small group questions, and get informed on some of the great resources available to you.

To watch the message in its entirety, click here.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS . . .

Below you’ll find a recap of the key discussion points from Pastor Doug’s message and a few questions to reflect on and consider with your family, your circle of friends, or in your group.

Ice-Breaker: What’s the most amazing country or city you’ve ever visited? What was so special about it?

In a letter in chapter one of the Book of Colossians, we see Jesus described in terms we’ve likely never seen before—all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-sufficient. In this world, in this and every corner of the known and unknown universe, Christ is over everything. He is everything. He is supreme.

And that’s the central message of this letter. The best way to summarize it to you is Jesus made it all and Jesus paid it all!

Key Verses: Colossians 1:1–6; Ephesians 1:13–14

Main Point: Nothing Can Touch Your Hope

Key Discussion Point: Jesus is the hope of the world—not a government, political party, country, person, ideal, concept, object, or any amount of money. If you put your hope in anything other than Jesus, your hope is misplaced. But when your hope is firmly placed in Jesus, nothing can touch it! 

It’s quite amazing that we’re walking through this series now as we get ready to enter election season because the parallels between Rome and what we’re seeing today are astonishing. Be assured and encouraged knowing that no matter who’s in office, Jesus is still on the throne. Your security is not in this or any government, but in the blood of Jesus and the confident hope of heaven that we have through Him. The peace this or any government offers is a false peace; it’s the perceived absence of conflict. It’s the kind of peace that hangs by a thread. But the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, can rule in our hearts and bring us into true unity with God and one another.

Discussion Question 1: Share a time when you placed your hope in something or someone and were let down. 

Discussion Question 2: What makes the hope we have in Jesus different than worldly hope?

Key Verses: Colossians 1:6–8; Acts 19:8–10; Colossians 4:7–8, 16

Main Point: The Gospel Is Working Wherever It Goes

Key Discussion Point: This weekend, we discovered and were encouraged by the fact that the gospel works wherever it goes. It doesn’t matter where, people believe and are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no borders, there is no language, there is no philosophy, no lifestyle, no hard heart or lost soul that the gospel cannot reach! It’s not a message of hope for just one nation, one culture, one people group, or one race . . . Romans 1:16 (NIV) declares, “it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” And it’s the only thing in existence that has the power to tear down the dividing walls of hostility that we’ve created. It’s the only thing that can bring people together and create true peace, unity, and love.

Discussion Question 1: How have you seen the gospel work? 

Discussion Question 2: The gospel works wherever it goes, and we get to be part of that work! Where has He placed you to bring the gospel? How are you carrying out the work He has for you?

Key Verses: Colossians 1:9–14; Romans 15:13

Main Point: Hope Shapes Our Prayers

Key Discussion Point: In our time together, Pastor Doug explained why hope shapes our prayers. It impacts what we pray for, how we pray, and who we pray for. Consider how Paul is writing this beautiful prayer over the Colossians while he is sitting in prison. Isn’t that amazing? The corrupt and cruel Roman justice system couldn’t touch his hope, joy, and peace. And the same can be true for us! You see, nothing that the world or the divisive culture we find ourselves in can take away the hope we have in Jesus, nor can it sever our access to Him through prayer and His Word. We can walk in gratitude and live lives of conviction in an age of compromise because, as Romans 15:13 (NIV) says, the God of hope promises to fill you “with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Discussion Question 1: What steps can you take to ensure prayer is a priority in your life?

Key Verses: Colossians 1:21–29

Main Point: Don’t Move Your Hope from the Gospel

Key Discussion Point: Wrapping up our study this weekend, we were exhorted to never move our hope from the gospel! For it is by the gospel of Jesus that we’ve been rescued from sin and death, from emptiness and hopelessness. In the end, you are not and can never be your own hope—your job is not your hope, your reputation, your family, money, the USA, or the upcoming election. If they are, you will experience severe disappointment. Christ alone is your hope! In Him all other hopes are refined and perfected.

WALK IT OUT

Ponder: You are a gospel carrier placed precisely where you are by God to bring the hope of heaven with you to the people around you. Where has God placed you? This week, consider how you can share the hope of the gospel with those in your sphere of influence!

Practice: Read Colossians 1:15–20 every day this week and memorize it!

Pray: Every day this week, pray Colossians 1:9–14 over yourself, your family, your group, and your church family.


QUESTIONS FOR FAMILIES

Parents, here are a few questions to go over with your kids around the dinner table or during dedicated family times.

1. Share a time when a parent or a friend made you sad.

2. We have hope in Jesus that we can go to heaven. What makes that different than hoping for toys on earth? Which one lasts longer?

3. Can you think of a time when you saw a prayer answered?

4. The love of Jesus can be shared wherever we go, and we get to be a part of that love!  How have you been able to share God’s love with a friend or family member?


COLOSSIANS DEVOTIONAL READING PLAN

Go deeper as you follow along with our six-week Colossians series by subscribing to our verse-by-verse commentary and devotional plan on the YouVersion Bible app. To subscribe, click here.


A LOOK AHEAD

This week, we’ll continue to hold services ONLINE and in person (weekends only) as most of our campuses resume services in the sanctuary! To reserve a spot at your campus, click here.

Join us online this Wednesday for week five of our fall classes! In our sanctuary class series, we’ll continue our conversation around racism and reconciliation with the fifth part of Dr. Tony Evans’ Oneness Embraced.

Then on the weekend, we’ll continue to make our way through the Book of Colossians as Pastor Doug shares from Colossians 1:15–20, diving into the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus.

We look forward to spending another awesome week with you!


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About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.