Something to learn…
Below are some contextual keys to help you understand what’s going on here:
- One interesting thing to look at is the relational dynamics between some of the people listed in this list and how households were involved in building the church family. You have Philemon mentioned, Onesimus was his servant and would have been a part of his household. Archippus some commentators suggest was Philemon’s son.
- If you do a bit of scriptural digging you will also be aware that there were relational tensions and immaturity that had to be overcome in light of the gospel within the names on this list. For example the relationship between Onesimus and Philemon, which is picked up in Pauls letter to Philemon which was likely sent at the same time.
- Paul, Barnabbas and Mark all had relational tension at different points. And it reminds us that where there is family there will be tension, differences of opinions and an opportunity to exercise grace and forgivenness.
Something to talk about…
Read Col 4:2-6 out loud twice from the ICB version to include children and young people.
- What do you like and find encouraging?
- What do you struggle with and find challenging?
- What do we learn about God?
- What are we going to take away to do?
A spiritual practise to try…
Our world Pray for our government as they prepare the country for coming out of lock down restrictions
Our church Pray as we seek to discern who God is calling to us as an emerging generations pastor
Myself Prayerfully consider what practical steps I might take this week to help me grow to be more mature in Christ?
For resources for kids follow the link: https://ajourneythroughcolossians.wordpress.com/2020/12/17/latimer-kids-resources/