85 Don’t give up!

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Colossians 1:22.

Do you think that you have tough things to put up with?

Do you trust God so that he will make your life better? Or have you decided to follow God in good times and bad?

If something goes wrong, what do you do? Can you think of a time when you gave up? Can you think of a time when you trusted God?

 

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The letter so far…

Paul is happy that there is a church in Colossae but he is concerned that they have been listening to teachers who have added extra (and false) ideas to the message about Jesus. This has confused the new believers and Paul tries to put their focus right by pointing to God the Creator and Jesus as the Saviour for everyone.

Now read Colossians 1:21–23a together.

 

What happened next…

Paul has dedicated his life to preach the good news of Jesus and he reminds his readers that their friendship with Jesus is crucial. They need to spend time with other Christians reading or singing God’s word, to help their faith grow.

Their faith will make a difference to their way of living. Their good deeds are a fruit of their relationship with Jesus.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 108 together.

 

Did you know…?

Colossae This town was in the west of current-day Turkey.

Paul’s message Paul had not been to the church in Colossae but he heard that they were following false teaching; so he wrote to explain that all they need to do is believe in Jesus.

Date Paul probably wrote this letter in the early AD 60s when he was in prison in Rome.

 

Try it out

Most people, even those who love God more than anything else, have trouble praying and reading the Bible at times. Whatever you do, don’t give up.

If you find it hard sometimes, here are some ideas to help you keep going:

  • Ask God to remind you to read his Word and pray, and, when he does, don’t ignore God – read the Bible or pray as soon as you can.
  • Put your Bible somewhere you will see it – somewhere really obvious, like beside your bed or in your schoolbag.
  • Keep a calendar or diary and mark it with a big tick on days when you have read your Bible.
  • Talk with your Bible Coach and ask each other about your Bible and prayer times. (If you haven’t got a Bible Coach, talk to someone at home, at church or at school to find someone to help you.)
  • Ask someone at home to read with you every day.

If you forget or miss reading or praying one day, don’t worry or think it’s not worth trying. God still loves you and the Bible is still God’s Word – and it’s ALWAYS worth reading. Ask God to speak to you – and start again.

 

Talk to God

“Please Lord, help me to have a strong faith and not to give up.”

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