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Colossians 4:10-18

10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and alsoBarnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received [a]instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him); 11 and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me.12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may [b]stand [c]perfect and [d]fully assured in all the will of God.13 For I testify for him that he has [e]a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas. 15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also [f]Nympha and the church that is in [g]her house.16 When [h]this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read [i]my letter that is comingfrom Laodicea. 17 Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may [j]fulfill it.”

18 [k]I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my [l]imprisonment. Grace be with you.


Discussion Questions

September 9th  ,2018

 

1. The eight people mentioned by Paul in this passage represent a diverse group … what do you know about any of them: Aristarchus, Mark, Jesus who is called Justus, Epaphras, Luke, Demas, Nympha, and Archippus? Use your Bible cross-reference (or similar tool) to find any other references to any of these individuals. Hint: check out Aristarchus at Acts 19:29, Acts 20:4, Acts 27:2, and Philemon 24. What does this passage (verses 10-18) show us about a team approach to ministry?

2. In verse 12, Epaphras (also referenced in Colossians 1:7- 8) is shown as “always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.” What does this verse show you about the importance of prayer for a Christian leader on behalf of others? Why do you think Paul wrote that Epaphras was so concerned about the Colossians engaging the will of God? How would we apply this concern to ourselves today?

3. In verse 17, Archippus is to be challenged to “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” What keeps any of us from fulfilling a ministry given to us by God? How can we ensure we do fulfill it? Check out II Timothy 1:6, 7, & 14.