Speaking of Grace
Speaking of Grace
May 26, 2020
Instructions for Christian Households
29 min

Instructions for Christian Households

Colossians 3:18-4:1

These are some of the words of Paul that sometimes cause some challenges. They mirror his words in Ephesians. Wives to husbands, husbands to wives, children to parents, parents to children, slaves and their earthly masters, and earthly masters to the slaves. A different time and a different culture, but what principles are there to bring to Orlando in the 21st Century?

This week’s #WholeLifeTakeAways:

  • How captive do you feel to the idea that our world is like Humpty Dumpty and can’t be put back together again?

 

  • How hard is it to live in the positive place of having been adopted into God’s family and that because of God all is well?

 

  • What do you think of the idea that Paul is trying to show us that God is able to put our Humpty Dumpty lives back together?

 

  • Our lives are so marked by “us and them” thinking of relationships as vertical over and under. What do you think about Jesus’ teaching that that isn’t the way with his followers?

 

  • How hard is it to think of Paul’s teaching as being progressive rather than repressive?

 

  • How significant is Paul’s tag line “for those who belong to the Lord,” after he calls on wives to submit to their husbands?

 

  • What do you hear in Paul’s advice to give slaves justice and fairness? Is it just and fair to keep them as slaves?

 

  • Who is it easy for you to make a “them”?

 

  • How do we enlarge the circle of the collective “we”?

Which takeaway(s) resonate most with you?  

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NEXT WEEK: Paul’s Letter to the Orlandonians: Matters of Prayer

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