Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship this Sunday (the lessons are from the Track 2 option). We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them in church. Click on the red headings below to go to the reading.
Have you ever given your “heart up to despair”? What were the causes for you? What did you learn from it? How do you deal with despair if you face it now?
These verses anticipate a key issue in Christian faith, “We can never ransom ourselves, or deliver to God the price of our life; for the ransom of our life is so great, that we should never have enough to pay it…” (49:6-7). Compare this with what Jesus said in Mark 10:45, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Paying a ransom is a way to rescue a person who has been kidnapped or taken prisoner. It is a powerful metaphor for what Jesus did for us. In what different ways did Jesus rescue us with his life?
The author of Colossians connects the transformed lives we receive by grace through the resurrection of Jesus with real world ethical issues such as lying, greed, anger, and impurity. How do these different realities intersect in your life? How do faith, prayer, sacraments, study, and other “means of grace” help you to live differently in your daily life? How does the Spirit prompt you, “Go this way, not that way”?
Have you ever experienced conflict with family members over an inheritance issue? How did it turn out? Were relationships damaged? Was the price of the conflict worth what you gained (or lost)?