Do you remember when God amazed you? When he marvelously provided for you? Sadly, sometimes we forget God's mercy.
The early believers in the Colossian church had forgotten too. Instead, they were impressed by spiritual claims from false teachers. The apostle Paul's letters reminded them that Jesus is all we will ever need. Paul encourages. He challenges. He gives principles for living and interacting at work, in our families, and our churches. Paul also knew that one of his friends had been betrayed and had every reason to seek revenge. So Paul wrote to Philemon encouraging him to rise above his hurt and show mercy, forgiveness, grace, and love. Paul's letters remind us of the difference Christ makes in every aspect of our lives.
As you read, study, journal, and discuss the books of Colossians and Philemon, watch for these key themes that Max will unpack throughout the book:
Faith, love, and hope are key to following Christ.In Christ Jesus, we have been offered freedom.Because of Jesus, Christians can be as in touch with the next world as this one.
The Life Lessons with Max Lucado series brings the Bible to life in twelve lessons filled with intriguing questions, inspirational stories, and poignant reflections to take you deeper into God's Word. Each lesson includes:
An opening reflection on the Bible book you're studying.Background information to deepen your understanding of the cultural and historical setting.An excerpt of the text (from the NIV and the NKJV).Exploration questions with plenty of room to write your own thoughts and notes.Inspirational thoughts from Max as well as a closing takeaway for further reflection.
The Life Lessons series is ideal for use in both a small-group setting or for individual study.