The Colossian believers were being tempted to add something to the simple gospel message of trust in Jesus and his finished work on the cross. What do you think causes believers to search for something in addition to trusting Jesus that will enable them to advance spiritually in life? What added “spiritual” practices have you seen in the modern church that are either overtly or subtly promoted as being essential for spiritual growth yet minimize our ongoing need to depend on Jesus?
If someone asked you to define the “gospel” what would you say? See Romans 3:22-30; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Galatians 2:14-16; Ephesians 2:1-10. In what sense does the gospel provide a sure hope for our future? How can this hope, in turn, motivate us to trust God and love others in the present? Is this hope an experienced reality in your life?
How have you seen the gospel “bearing fruit and growing” in your own life and in the lives of those around you? If you have been following Jesus for some time, is the “grace of God in truth” continuing to produce positive changes in your life? If your growth has stalled, why do you think that is the case? From whom did you learn of the gospel? Have you ever thanked them for their willingness to share this great “good news” with you?