Lesson 2: Paul and the Colossians
Section 3: Modern Application


III. Modern Application

A. Loyalty to Christ

B. Spiritual Focus



1. Explain the religious context of the Roman Empire in which the Christians lived during the first century. What was the most common religious practice? What did the Romans demand of the Christians? Why?

2. Mention the contemporary polytheistic religions and movements that Dr. Kidd describes in the lesson.

3. Explain some liberal Christian polytheistic tendencies that Dr. Kidd mentions in the lesson.

4. Explain the differences between the unregenerate and the regenerate.

5. What does Paul mean by “setting our minds on things above” (Col. 3:1-2)? Mention some ways this has been misunderstood.

6. Write out the quote of Booker T. Washington. What does this mean?

7. What does Dr. Kidd mean when he says the virtues mentioned by Paul in Colossians are mostly “interactive”?

8. What does Dr. Kidd say that we should do in order to focus on spiritual matters?


1. In what areas of life are you challenged in your loyalty to Christ?

2. What challenges do you face from the philosophical and religious tendencies of the world surrounding you?

3. What teachings of this lesson have been helpful to you to improve your Christian living? How has the lesson helped you to “focus on the things above”?

4. Dr. Kidd says, “For Paul, to be heavenly or spiritual minded is to reflect on how wonderful heaven is right now, and try to find ways to make the present world more like heaven.” As you reflect on that comment, how does it change the way you live? Does this help you more than just telling you some things you should or should not do? Why?

5. What is the most significant insight you have learned from this study?
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