Colossians 1:14-19 – A COLOSSIAN CHRISTMAS         

Christmas With Paul #3 of 3 

Why is Christ the “star of Christmas”?

What are some of the different things that take Christ out of Christmas?

How do Christians inadvertently take Christ out of Christmas?

What can we do to make sure that Christ gets the attention He deserves this Christmas in our families and personal lives?

We are considering Christmas with Paul.  In this study we want to see that Christ should be revered as the “star of Christmas” because of who he is and what he has done.


  • What is redemption?
  • Why is redemption necessary?
  • Why is the shedding of Christ’s blood necessary?
  • Why was the shedding of Christ’s blood so precious? – 1 Peter 1:18-19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:


  • Why should we want to know what God is like?
  • How does Jesus show us what God is like? – John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus said in John 14:9 …He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;


  • Why is it a privilege to be the “first born”?

Charles Erdman – “‘Firstborn’ here means two things: priority in time and supremacy in place or position. Christ existed before the Creation, but He held the rank commonly assigned to the ‘firstborn,’ the rank of eminence and dominion.  Christ is thus declared to be the universal sovereign.” Charles Erdman, The Epistles of Paul to the Colossians and to Philemon, © 1966 by W.L. Jenkins, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Page 52

  • How should Jesus’ rank affect us?
  • Why do we often forget about Jesus’ rank?


  • What two things is Jesus responsible for in these two verses?
  • Why should each of these two things be a comfort to us?
  • What are some specific visible things that Jesus has created?
  • What are some of the invisible things that Jesus created?
  • If Jesus holds the universe together, He can certainly hold your life together.  When have you felt Jesus doing this?

JESUS IS RULER – Vss. 18-19

  • What does Jesus have that others often want? Why does Jesus deserve it?
  • How should Jesus be the head of the church here at Mt. Union?
  • What does “firstborn from the dead” mean?
  • What is the fullness that dwells in Jesus and why is it important?