An Appeal

If you will, I’d like for you to assist me with my Sunday School lesson prep.  I have a question I am contemplating asking my class about Colossians 1:23.

Colossians 1: (New American Standard Bible)
23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
via Colossians 1:23 – Passage Lookup – New American Standard Bible –

What causes people to move away from the hope of the Gospel?

In what circumstances do you feel most vulnerable and are tempted to lose hope?

Do you think verse 24 gives the nutshell answer and if so what do you perceive that answer to be?

Colossians 1: (New American Standard Bible)
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.
via Colossians 1:24 – Passage Lookup – New American Standard Bible –

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2 Replies to “An Appeal”

  1. Yes! Elizabeth I am lovin’ your answer! If you will, please allow me to share your insights with my class on Sunday.
    I am so glad you ‘stumbled’ by – by HIS Design.
    And sweet, sweet JESUS Blessings to you,

  2. Hello Kathie! I stumbled across your blog today! I was reading here and thought I might answer your question. In my life the times I have “fallen away” are the times I have allowed Satan to influence me. I don’t believe, if you are a christian, that you completely fall away but you allow your focus to be drawn away from Christ and the hope only He can give! At times, I can only see and rejoice in the suffering after it has passes and I look back and see the hand of God in my life during that situation. Then, other times, I can see clear as day why I am going through a certain affliction. I think vs 24 is the way we ought to respond but because we are imperfect we do not always respond in this manner. I hope that answers your question! Have a blessed day!!

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