TEXT: Colossians 4:2-6
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
- Paul encourages the Colossians to be steadfast, vigilant (watchful), and thankful in prayer. Why do you think he lists these three things? How accurately does this describe your prayer life?
- Alexander Maclaren says that, “Our lives will then be noble and grave, and woven into a harmonious unity, when they are based upon continual communion with, continual desire after, and continual submission to, God. If they are not, they will be worth nothing and will come to nothing.” Do you agree? What is the significance of this statement for your life?
- One nineteenth century preacher said, “Some have zealously used truth to convert men, and laid very little stress on prayer. They have preached, and talked, and distributed tracts with great zeal, and then wondered that they had so little success.” Do you think that some ministries fail simply because they are not bathed in prayer?
- How does Paul ask that they pray for him? Is this the kind of prayer request that you make of others?
- Paul is in prison, yet his concern is primarily that the gospel of Christ be declared. How concerned are you that the mystery of Christ be proclaimed to those in need of him?
- Paul assumes that they are living their lives in the midst of unbelievers, and encourages them to be wise in word and conduct. Do you think it is hard to be in the world but not of it? How much wisdom is required to successfully live a Christian life in a potentially hostile environment?
- What do you think Paul means when he writes, “Let your speech always be gracious”? Is it possible to be gracious and to still present a message that might be hard to receive?
- He encourages them to let their conversation be “seasoned with salt”. “In classical writers ‘salt’ expressed the wit with which conversation was flavoured.” (Peake) What is the implication of this for the way we share the gospel with others?