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Written by Tim Black   
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 10:47

Colossians 3:15-17 - “Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus”
Study Guide

Passage Outline (clause order is that found in the Greek)

  1. Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts v. 15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

to which indeed you were called in one body.

And be thankful.

  1. Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly v. 16

    1. The word

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,

    1. The expressions of the word

      1. Teaching

        1. Its character

in all wisdom

        1. Its activity

teaching and admonishing

        1. Its recipients

one another

      1. Singing

        1. Its content

psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

        1. Its activity

singing with thankfulness

        1. Its persons (origin & audience)

in your hearts to God.

  1. Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus v. 17

    1. The kinds of actions

And whatever you do, in word or deed,

    1. The stewardship of our actions

do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,

    1. Our response and crown in our actions

giving thanks to God the Father through him.

For Discussion

  1. What role do the themes of thankfulness and Christ play in these 3 verses? How should each influence our heart (v. 15), mind (v. 16), and actions (v. 17)?

  2. Is the “peace” in v. 15 peace with God, with yourself, or with your neighbor? Consider Col. 1:1, 20-22; 3:11; 3:13.

  3. What is the source of this peace? How do you get it?

  4. What reason does Paul give for us to “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts?

  5. How do peace and thankfulness work together?

  6. According to v. 16, what role should God’s word hold in our worship services? What is the “Regulative Principle of Worship?”

  7. What guidance does the word “richly” give for determining what teaching, and what songs, should or should not be used in worship?

  8. What are some ways we can teach and admonish one another inside and outside of the worship service?

  9. What are the two ways Paul says we should use God’s word? Are these the only ways to use God’s word?

  10. What is the difference between “teaching” and “admonishing?”

  11. Does Paul require us here to sing only the OT Psalms, or only scripture, or does he require us to sing extrabiblical hymns? Consider Rom. 10:17.

  12. What can we do to be more attentive to God’s word in the worship service, so that we really do sing “with thankfulness in our hearts to God?”

  13. What does it mean to do something “in the name of the Lord Jesus?” What blessings and obligations are implied?

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