Lesson 15 - “New and Renewed” - Colossians 3:8-15
ID: Inductive Questions (Asking the text questions like who, what, where, when, why, & how?”)
CR: Cross References (Comparing Scripture to Scripture, understanding the vague by the clear.)
WS: Word Study (Understanding definition, theological meaning, and usages in other passages.)
The WORD: What does the Bible say?
1. Context: Read Colossians 3. Think about how you would divide the chapter into sections.
2. ID: (8-9) What characteristics did Paul say to put away? What do they have in common? (Also note the difference between the meaning of anger orgē and wrath thymos).
3. ID: (9-10) Do the verb tenses of “put off” and “have put on” reveal anything?
4. CR: (10) How is the new man renewed? (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15; Eph. 4:23-24)
5. ID: (11) What erases the distinction between Jew and Gentile, circumcised and uncircumcised, slave and free? What are similar distinctions in our culture?
6. ID: (12) What are the three descriptions of the believer? What does Paul say to put on? Is there a relationship between who the verse says we are and what we are to put on?
8. ID: (14) How (why) does love bind all these things together?
9. ID: (15) What does it mean to be called* (in one body) to let the peace of God rule in your heart? *(Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 7:15; Galatians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Peter 5:10)
The WALK: What should I do?
1. Of the characteristics related to the earthly nature, which have been a problem for you in the past more than now? Which ones is Christ helping you work on at present?
2. Of the characteristics of the new man, which do you feel best about? Which ones are more of a challenge for you?
3. Discuss Ken Sande’s Four Promises of Forgiveness and strategies for implementing them. (“Ken Sande on Radical Forgiveness” is a webinar that features Ken Sande teaching on forgiveness.)
4. Can two believer’s really forgive each other and still not be reconciled and at peace with each other?
· Mayo Clinic has a secular article, “Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness.” How does it compare to what the Bible teaches about forgiveness?
· What do you think about Psychology Today’s comment on forgiveness?
Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics with commentary by Norman L. Geisler
WE AFFIRM that the meaning expressed in each biblical text is single, definite and fixed.
WE DENY that the recognition of this single meaning eliminates the variety of its application.
WE AFFIRM that the Bible contains teachings and mandates which apply to all cultural and situational contexts and other mandates which the Bible itself shows apply only to particular situations.
WE DENY that the distinctions between the universal and particular mandates of Scripture can be determined by cultural and situational factors. We further deny that universal mandates may ever be treated as culturally or situationally relative.
WE AFFIRM that the term hermeneutics, which historically signified the rules of exegesis, may properly be extended to cover all that is involved in the process of perceiving what the biblical revelation means and how it bears on our lives.
WE DENY that the message of Scripture derives from, or is dictated by, the interpreter's understanding. Thus we deny that the "horizons" of the biblical writer and the interpreter may rightly "fuse" in such a way that what the text communicates to the interpreter is not ultimately controlled by the expressed meaning of the Scripture.