Community Group Questions 9.5.21

by Aug 31, 2021

Sermon // “Who’s the Boss? Keeping Christ in the Center” Colossians 3:18-4:1

1. Read Colossians 3:18-19 and Ephesians 5:22-33
A. What differences and similarities do you note between these two passages?
B. How do these passages “rub against” Western secular culture today? How do
you believe they would have been received by the culture at the time they were
written?
C. Read 1 Corinthians 11:3 and 11:11. How does (or should) your marriage reflect
these principles?

2. Read Exodus 20:12, Colossians 3:20-21, and Ephesians 6:1-4
A. What is the difference between God’s direction for wives as opposed to
children?
B. Read these OT passages: Deuteronomy 21:18-21 and Exodus 21:17. Discuss
the difference between their instruction and what is taught in Luke 15: 11-24.
Where do you see the gospel of grace having a contrasting impact? How can
this affect life in your home?

3. Read Colossians 4:1 and then Ephesians 6:9
A. How does the second verse help interpret the first verse?
B. Why do you believe Paul spends more time on the subject of masters and
slaves in Colossians versus Ephesians? [Hint: it has to do with one of the
characters in Colossians]

4. Read Colossians 3:23-25
A. What do these verses command us to do and how do they affect the
relationships in this passage?
B. Read Philippians 2:5-11. How does that passage inform your understanding of
verse 25, as well as your attitude moving forward?

5. The message cited an article from John Piper’s Desiring God website, where the
author (Jerry Hubbard), warns Christian men to navigate between 2x dysfunctional
poles in how they manage their households: 1) excessively authoritarian; or 2)
insufficiently authoritarian. Where do you fall on the spectrum?