Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Colossians 4:2, 5, 6
Read: Colossians 4:2-6
This section coves key elements to being successful in evangelism. Verses 2-4 concern the way of prayer. Verse 5 speaks to walking in wisdom. Verse 6 concerns having winning attitude.
1. What are the 3 words that summarize how we should pray? v 2
2. Read the parable from Luke 11:5-10. In verse 8 it speaks of the “importunity” of the friend that is in need. What does that word tell us of how the friend sought to receive what he needed?
3. What is the admonition from the Lord on how to have our needs met? Luke 11: 9. 10
It follows then that if needs are not met, it MAY BE because?
4. Luke 18:1-8 is another parable concerning prayer. What are the words of introduction given concerning prayer in verse 1?
In the context of this verse 1, what is the meaning of “to faint?”
5. Contrast the reason that an unjust judge will finally give what is required to a petitioner, with God’s reason for answering to our prayers? Luke 18:1-8
6. In our passage Colossians 4:3, It is clear that Paul is asking for prayer according to God’s will. What is his request?
7. According to Ephesians 6:18-20, when should Christians pray? v 18a
How should we and they pray? v 18b
How intensely should we and they pray? v 18c
Who were they asked to pray for? v 18d
What are the specific needs that Paul asks the Ephesians to pray for? vv 19, 20
8. According to Colossians 4:3b, 4, what is Paul’s concern?
9. What is the “mystery of Christ,” that Paul; wants to be able to preach clearly? II Corinthians 4:4b-6
10. According to verse 5b of Colossians 4, who are we to “walk in wisdom” toward?
11. Who are the people that are “without”? Mark 4:11; II Corinthians 4:3, 4a
12. How is the wisdom that we need for living in a way that shows unbelievers the mystery of Christ appropriated? James 1:5, 6
II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 3:16, 17
II Timothy 2:16
13. What are some practical aspects of wisdom that are gained from relying on the Lord and not on ourselves? Proverbs 15:1 We will answer every comment and action________________________ and not use
_______________________words that stir up ______________________.
Proverbs 15:2 We will use the knowledge that we have_____________________, and we will not speak
Proverbs 15:23 We will learn to speak at the ________________time, so that what we say will be
___________________ and bring _______________.
Proverbs 15:28 Before we answer, we will_________________ about what we should say. We will
never say ____________ __________________.
14. In what other area of our lives do we need to walk in wisdom? v 5b
15. Use the following passages to explain what is meant by “redeeming the time” in our Christian lives. Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6 In this passage our lives, and so our witness to unbelievers, is compared to growing crops. What should be our attitude?
Matthew 10:16 In this verse we see that being a witness for the Lord can be difficult and dangerous, how should we wisely use our time?
Ephesians 5:15-17 Explain the word “circumspectly” as used in this passage.
Using the Ephesians verses show how being circumspect will help us to redeem the time?
16. We are reminded in verse 6 that our speech should always be with_________________.
17. From Ephesians 4:12-15 and I Peter 3:15, LIST as many aspects of speaking with “grace” as you can.
18. Our speech should always be _________________________with _____________. v 6 b
The work of salt seasoning our food makes it ________________________.
Explain how our speech will be tasteful according to God’s standard. II Timothy 2:24-26
19. What is the purpose of speaking, according to verse 6?
See also Acts 14:1; I Corinthians 4:6, 7