At some point, everyone experiences real suffering—pain, disappointment, sickness, abuse. Paul’s message to the Colossian church—and to us—is that suffering isn’t senseless or worthless. Chained in a Roman prison, Paul tells us how suffering can be an opportunity for Christ to show his power and glory in us.
In Colossians: Being Like Jesus, John D. Barry guides you through this letter with practical insights and helpful questions. Perfect for studying with a group or with just your favorite Bible, this Bible study will draw you closer to the gospel.
The Not Your Average Bible Study series combines a deep understanding of the biblical text with real-world application that is relevant to our lives today. Drawn from Bible Study Magazine, each volume in this series guides you step-by-step through Scripture, helping you discover powerful insights as you move through the text, digging into the Bible on a whole new level. With discussion and reflection questions, specific prayer suggestions, and ideas for further study, you’ll see how easy it is to apply these lessons to your everyday life. This is not your average Bible study.
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“The late scholar Brevard Childs once said, ‘Herein lies the secret of biblical interpretation: Wherever the Spirit is not present, there is no great explanation possible.’ If you want to understand Paul’s letter, if you want to hear God, listen to the Spirit. Move Christ to the center of all you do.” (Page 7)
“It was his dependence on a God, who could overcome not only the visible forces of evil, but also the unseen forces that lurked in the darkness.” (Page 3)
“Double underline transition words like ‘now,’ ‘therefore,’ ‘yet’ and ‘but,’ as well as negations like ‘no’ and ‘not.’” (Page 7)
“The best way to get over yourself is to start living for the good of someone else.” (Page 87)
“it wasn’t Paul’s vision that gave him spiritual stamina” (Page 3)
John D. Barry is the CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy, a non-profit dedicated to creating jobs and churches in the developing world. He also serves as a missionary with Resurrect Church Movement, the domestic division of Jesus' Economy dedicated to equipping U.S. churches to alleviate poverty and plant churches. John is the editor of Lexham Bible Dictionary and has authored or edited over 30 books, including The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, Cutting Ties with Darkness, and the daily devotional Connect the Testaments. John formerly served as founding publisher of Lexham Press and is the former editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. John speaks internationally on engaging the Bible, poverty, and spreading the gospel.