II. Power and authority in the family. Colossians 3:1-25
In light of the truths about Christ’s authority, as explained in Ephesians 1:17-22, analyze the Colossians passage about the family.
- What advice does Paul give as introduction to this passage? 3:1-2
- According to this passage, how can we allow Christ the right to control the way we relate to each other? 3:9-11
- List the controlling attitudes that Paul suggests for dealing with interpersonal difficulties. 3:12-17
- Note the specific instructions about family relationships from Colossians 3:18-21.
- Paul anticipates that each individual will hold this personal reservation in his or her heart: “But what about my needs?” What will we receive if we obey these teachings? 3:23-24
(This assurance begins the closing thought that applies to the whole passage, not just for verse 22.)
- How does Paul classify the lack of submission to these instructions? 3:25
- Reread Colossians 3:1-25 in its entirety and meditate on who has the power and authority in all personal relationships?
Bradley Blue writes “early Christianity expanded throughout the Empire house by house,” (Marshall & Peterson 474). That was not just the early evangelist’s missionary strategy; it was God’s missionary strategy. God has designed just two social structures: the family and the church. The early church met in family homes. Ideally the church and home would mirror one another. The mission of each is parallel: the birth and nurturing of children.