At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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October 30, 2016

Colossians 1:23 - 2:5

The Mystery Revealed




Do you like mystery stories?

The most popular books, TV shows, and movies in our modern culture contain some element of mystery and suspense.  Why?  Because mysteries hold our attention.  Our curiosity keeps us reading or watching until we discover the truth behind the mystery.

The word mystery appears 22 times in the New Testament.  In this lesson you will discover the Bible’s definition of a mystery.  Also, the most amazing mystery of all time will be revealed to you. 

Colossians 1:23

How should we continue in the faith?  “____________ and ___________, and be not _________ away from the ________ of the gospel.”  In obedience to Jesus’ commands (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), we are to preach the gospel to everyone.  How did Paul refer to himself?


Colossians 1:24

How did Paul feel about his sufferings?


Why was he willing to suffer?


Colossians 1:25

What made Paul a minister of the gospel?


Colossians 1:26

This verse gives the definition of a mystery.  A mystery is something: “which hath been _______ from ages and from generations, but _______ is made ____________ to His __________.” 


In the Bible, a mystery is a spiritual truth that was hidden and not understood before Jesus came, but has now been revealed to His children (genuine Christians).

Colossians 1:27

“To whom (the saints, Christians) God would make _________ what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the ____________.”  God used His children to reveal the mystery to the Gentiles.  What is this mystery? 


“Christ ______ you, the hope of _________.”


The mystery was the amazing fact that Jesus Christ comes to live within the heart of a redeemed human being.  We’re not in glory yet, but Jesus gives us hope (confidence) in glory to come.

Colossians 1:28

Who did Paul and other Christians preach about?


How did they preach?


Why did they preach Jesus?


Colossians 1:29

How did Paul approach his task?


The word labor means to work to the point of fatigue, and the word striving means to agonize.  The phrase “His working, which worketh in me mightily” tells us that Paul relied on God’s power (Colossians 1:11; Phil. 4:13) to serve Him.

Colossians 2:1

The word conflict means to struggle and agonize.  What three groups of people was he concerned for?

  1. _________________________________
  2. _________________________________
  3. _________________________________


Colossians 2:2

“That their __________ might be _____________, being ________ together in ________, and unto all riches of the full _____________ of _________________, to the acknowledgement of the ___________ of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.” 


Paul wanted them to be strong in heart, knit together in love, and settled in their understanding.[1]

Colossians 2:3

The Gnostics believed special knowledge was necessary to have fellowship with God.  Where are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge found?


Colossians 2:4

What was Paul’s fear?


Colossians 2:5

“For though I be __________ in the _________, yet am I ________ you in the __________.”  What about the Colossians gave Paul great joy?


Concluding Thoughts: A mystery is a truth hidden from previous generations, which God has now revealed to His children.  The mystery described in these verses is that Jesus (through His Holy Spirit) would come to live within the hearts of human beings.  That’s the most amazing mystery of all time: if you are a genuine believer God’s Holy Spirit lives within you (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 1:13; 1 John 4:13).

If you belong to Jesus Christ the Bible doesn’t have to be a mystery to you.  God wants you to read and understand His Word.  The Holy Spirit who lives within you will teach you the truths of the Bible (John 14:26).

Thank God for revealing His mystery to you.  Beware lest anyone “should beguile you with enticing words,” leading you away from Bible truth.



Project: Memorize Colossians 1:27.  Tell someone this week what you have learned about the mystery of God.  Warn any who are being led away from the truth.


[1] Pastor Wayne Robertson, from a message preached at Morningside Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 16, 2003.

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