Guidelines for Relationships and Quiet Times For Students

Guidelines for Relationships and Quiet Times For Students

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16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.
23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,[a] as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.

Colossians 3:16-25

Warm-up Questions

  • Which of your relationships are leading you toward life? Which might be leading you toward destruction?
  • What relationships have most shaped your life thus far?
  • If you wrote a list of guidelines for relationships, what would be your number one guideline?

Observe Questions

  • Read Colossians 3:16-17. What do these two verses have to do with relationships?
  • In verses 18-22 what five groups of people does Paul specifically address? Which groups describe you?
  • In what things are children to obey their parents? In what things are slaves to obey their masters?
  • According to verse 24, who are slaves actually serving?

Think Questions

  • Look at verses 16-17. Why do you think Paul emphasizes to “let the word of Christ richly dwell among [us]” before we teach and admonish others?
  • What do you think it means to submit to one another?
  • What may happen to children who are treated harshly by their parents, particularly their fathers?
  • Based on verses 22-25 is it okay to work lazily and apathetically if you don’t like or disagree with the authority placed over you? Have you ever struggled with this? How?

Apply Questions

  • Do you ever think about getting married? If yes, what qualities do you want in a marriage partner?
  • Are you obedient to your parents? What are you responsible for that needs to change in your relationship with them?
  • Ask God to help you consider what a godly marriage looks like in the future and ways to honor your parents creatively in the present. Share some of your ideas.

Daily Quiet Times

Monday – May 25

Colossians 3:16-17
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. Look up the word admonish. What does it mean? How do you admonish others? Is this something you are good at?
  3. Write a contemporary “psalm, hymn, or song from the Spirit” of gratitude. Share it with someone today.

Tuesday – May 26

Colossians 3:18
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. Which couples you know have a healthy marriage? What makes you think that?
  3. Spend some time praying for your future husband or wife. What qualities do you hope he or she has?

Wednesday- May 27

Colossians 3:19
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. What are some of the effects of harsh parenting?
  3. Whom do you know who’s a great husband?

Thursday- May 28

Colossians 3:20
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. In what areas are children to obey their parents?
  3. What does obeying our parents have to do with pleasing God? (See also Ephesians 6:1.)

Friday – May 29

Colossians 3:21
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. What does it mean to embitter someone?
  3. Think about the times you have felt discouraged by a parent. How did you handle the discouragement? How did that make you feel?

Saturday – May 30

Colossians 3:22-25
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. In what tasks do you easily work wholeheartedly? In what areas do you struggle to work wholeheartedly? What makes these situations different?
  3. Think about the phrase “whatever you do, work at it…as working for the Lord.” Write a definition of what this means for you, including how it should affect your life at home, at school, at church, while doing chores, at work, and in relationships

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