Mayer Life Group Lessons

Mayer Life Group Lessons

Explore the Bible – Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon

(Calling individuals to a higher standard and deeper relationships)

Bible study and exploration – Fall 2021 (13weeks)

Notes:Early in his letter, we find Paul calling the Philippians his partners in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). Paul also challenged Philemon to consider him a partner when making his appeal on behalf of Onesimus (Philem. 17). By extension, this partnership included the church that met in Philemon’s home in Colossae. (Archippus is listed by Paul in Colossians 4:17 and Philemon 2).

Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon were all written as Paul sat in Rome waiting to appear before Caesar. We can assume this idea of partners was an important thing to Paul as he sat in house arrest. Paul knew he was not alone in taking his stand with Christ. There were partners standing with him, seeking to live Christ-honoring lives in their locations. Paul represented those believers while inside the walls of that Roman house while they represented him outside those walls. They expected each other to represent Christ well in word and in deed, with Paul expressing the joy he found in their partnership. They were counting on each other to do the right thing. 


Lesson TitleCore PassagesLesson DateTeacher
1.Joy in Prayer(Phil. 1:1-11)9-05-21Jim
2.Joy of Adversity(Phil. 1:12-26)9-12-21Jim
3.Joy Through Humility(Phil. 2:1-15)9-19-21Jim
4.Joy in Knowing Jesus(Phil. 3:8-21)9-26-21Jim
5.Joy Through Peace(Phil. 4:1-9)10-03-21Craig
6.Joy and Contentment(Phil. 4:10-20)10-10-21Craig
7.The Gospel’s Power(Col. 1:9-23)*10-17-21Bill
8.The Gospel’s Goal(Col. 1:24–2:3)10-24-21Bob
9.The Gospel’s Forgiveness(Col. 2:4-15)10-31-21Bill
10.The Gospel’s Freedom(Col. 2:16-23)11-07-21Mark
11.The Gospel Lived(Col. 3:1-17)11-14-21Bob
12.The Gospel and Relationships(Col. 3:18–4:6)11-21-21Mark
13.Restoration(Philem. 8-21)11-28-21Mark

Our shared partnership in the gospel should impact how we live our lives. How we treat each other as believers and a high moral standard should be evident. Our prayer is that as we study Paul’s letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon we will gain a deeper appreciation of the partnership we share in Christ.