Colossians 1:15-17; John 1:1-5; Psalm 8:1-4
1. Read Psalm 8:1-4. What part of God’s creation “wows” you the most? Beaches? Mountains? Stars in the universe? Something else? Do you feel God’s presence when you are in the presence of God’s beautiful creation?
2. Read Colossians 1:15-17 and John 1:1-3. What are your initial thoughts about these passages? Is it unique for you to think of Jesus as the Word that created all of the world? Why or why not?
3. Read John 1:4-5. How can these passages be comforting in a world that can sometimes be so overwhelming? Does the reality that Christ is before and over all give you comfort in the darkness?
4. The great church father and theologian St. Augustine of Hippo once said, “people travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” What are your thoughts on this quotation and how it relates to us (humanity) as God’s pinnacle of creation?
If “all things have been created through him (Christ) and for him,” as Paul says in Colossians, how does that impact how we see our own individual and communal lives? How should we then view the purpose of our own lives? At work, at home, in family, at church, etc.?