Colossians 1:11-14

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Paul Prays for Continued Growth of the Colossian Believers

Colossians 1:11-14

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Lesson Number 4

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God wants His children to be strengthened with promised power.
  2. God wants His children to have a thankful temperament.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s take advantage of what’s available to us.
  2. Let’s take stock of what we’ve got.


  1. What two things did Paul do to keep the Colossian believers from being vulnerable to false teaching?
  2. What were Paul’s two primary requests for them?
  3. To whom is God’s power available?
  4. What are the results of this power?
  5. How is it possible for God’s children to have a thankful temperament? List five reasons from this portion of Scripture.


  1. He prayed for them and he wrote to them.
  2. He prayed for spiritual sensitivity and a worthy walk for the believers. He prayed also for strengthening by God’s power, and that they would have a thankful temperament.
  3. God’s enabling power is promised and available to all of His children.
  4. Patience and long-suffering
  5. Because of our a. inheritance b. deliverance c. transfer into the kingdom of His Son from the domain of Satan’s darkness d. redemption e. forgiveness of sin


  1. Discuss how you can keep from being vulnerable to false teaching.
  2. Discuss the joys of having a thankful heart. When you begin to grumble about something, even if only to yourself, stop and count your blessings. Thank God for all that He is doing for you right now. Remember, God’s grace is seen in those who have thankful hearts.


  1. When you begin to do things in your own strength, stop and avail yourself of the power of God. As a believer, God has promised this to you. Remember, it is His enabling power.

Key Verses

  • “…strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Colossians 1:11-12

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