Record thoughts and questions here that come up as you watch the
episode. Explore them later with the group.
Listen to God’s Word: Colossians 3:1-17, 4:2-6
Underline and mark ideas you would like to discuss.
First, we must accept the circumstances we constantly find ourselves in as the place of God’s kingdom and blessing. God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment by moment, as not being “right,” we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life. For those situations and moments are our lives.
Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
In the midst of our daily activities, whatever they may happen to be,
we should find reverberations of eternity—of the kingdom of God….Others
come to similar conclusion by talking about family life not just as a
context for exercising the spiritual disciplines but as a spiritual
discipline itself. This is true, for family life generally shapes the
quality of a person spiritually more than almost anything else. It is
not just what takes place during the “quiet time” which is determinative
here, but how one responds to the still, small voice of God and the
quiet shaping work of the Holy Spirit in and through the ordinary
demands of the home. Much of the same can be said of friendship,
another spiritual discipline as writers from Augustine through Jeremy
Taylor to C.S. Lewis, have acknowledged.
Robert Banks, Redeeming the Routines
But Jesus as the truth gets far more attention than Jesus as the way. Jesus as the way is the most frequently evaded metaphor among the Christians with whom I have worked for fifty years as a North American pastor…We cannot skip the way of Jesus in our hurry to get to the truth of Jesus as he is worshiped and proclaimed. The way of Jesus is the way we come to understand the truth of Jesus, living Jesus in our homes and workplaces, with our friends and family.
Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way