Knowing And Doing God’s Will

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Colossians 1:9-12

9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [a]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [b]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [c]increasing in the [d]knowledge of God;11 strengthened with all power, according to [e]His glorious might, [f]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [g]patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in the inheritance of the [i]saints in Light.

Discussion Questions

June 10 ,2018


1. In verse 9 Paul writes that he is praying for the Colossians, asking that they “may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” How do you pray to know Go

2. The purpose of knowing God’s will is amplified in verse 10, “so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects.” How would you counsel a Christian friend who confided in you that he or she really didn’t want to know God’s will because of fear of doing what God would direct? Compare Matthew 11:28-30. How have you overcome fear of doing God’s will in your own life?

3. Verses 10-12 show a string of products that come from knowing and doing God’s will: fruit bearing, increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all power. Why? To attain “all steadfastness and patience” and “giving thanks to the Father.” How can we encourage one another to know and do God’s will so we can become more faithful (steadfast) and patient, when these things don’t seem overly exciting? According to Matthew 25:23 what is the basis for our future heavenly rewards from God?

4. Note that this section speaks of “the inheritance of the saints in light.” How would you answer someone who had a hard time believing God will actually reward us in heaven for faithful service here on earth? Consult the following Scriptures: Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:16; I Corinthians 3:10-15; and II Corinthians 5:10.