The Gospel in Paul’s Epistles

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.” – Colossians 1:13

  1. Jesus’ parable of the soils talks about the seed being choked out by the thorns (cares of this world) in Mark 4:18-19. How does Paul communicate this same principle?
    • 2 Timothy 2:1-13
  1. Despite all the struggles Paul went through for the gospel (see 2 Corinthians 11:21-33), he never wavered in his loyalty and allegiance. What can we learn from Paul? How do we give our unwavering allegiance to Christ and his Kingdom?
    • Romans 8:12-38 (especially vs. 18,31,35,38-39)
    • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
    • Philippians 1:19-30 (especially vs. 21,27)
    • Colossians 3:23-24
    • 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
    • 2 Timothy 4:17-18
  1. Whose strength and whose energy does Paul consistently refer to as the source of his endurance?
    • Colossians 1:21-29
    • 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
    • 2 Corinthians 13:4
    • Romans 5:1-11
    • Philippians 4:11-13
    • Galatians 2:20
  1. How should the gospel of Christ shape our lives?
    • Ephesians 4:17-5:21
      • Ephesians 4:28 – What’s the difference between a worldly work ethic and a kingdom work ethic?
    • Ephesians 6:10-20
    • 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
  1. Who does Paul make very clear can be a citizen of God’s Kingdom? What happens to the labels of the world?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (1 Corinthians 10:31-32 – Who are the 3 groups of people listed?)
    • Galatians 3:27-29
    • Colossians 3:9-11
    • Romans 10:12
  1. Philippians 3:1-21 provides a summary of Paul’s walk with God. Read the passage and consider these questions:
    • What was Paul once loyal to before he began following Jesus?
    • What value does Paul put on following Jesus?
    • If we don’t focus on our citizenship in his Kingdom, what stands to derail us (Philippians 3:18-21)?
  1. In what/who are we often tempted to put our trust and our hope? In what/who do we often let consume our thoughts and focus?
    • 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
      • What is Paul saying here? How does it relate to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:25-34?
        • What consumes us is ultimately what fuels us. If we’re consumed by worldly things, whether inherently bad or not, we will always be left disappointed. If we are consumed with Christ, we care about the things he cares about. We take upon ourselves his burden and his yoke, and we cast everything else on him. We seek his Kingdom first.
  1. If we try to live the “Christian life” by our own will and determination, we will soon feel confused why Jesus ever said his yoke is easy and his burden is light. But if we will truly seek first his Kingdom and let him live through us, we will find the freedom and liberty that he promised!
    • 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 – It’s not by our flesh that we enter the Kingdom. The labor we do in the Lord will never be in vain.
    • Galatians 5:1