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1 For I want you to know how greatly I am struggling for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person. 

Passion For God’s Glory

“I am struggling for you” –

Hearts for Christ always have a heart for God to be glorified.

2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. 3 In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 

Passion For Their Growth

 

What We Connect With Produces Growth or Decline.

THE CHURCH – 2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love

What you believe about Christ will determine how you are involved with the Church.

 

Ephesians 5:22

 

Revelation 19:6-9

Christian growth comes from connecting with brothers and sisters in the faith. 

 

Proverbs 27:17

CHRIST – all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery

What you believe about Christ will determine who you are. 

 

What you believe about Christ will determine where you run.

4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable.

           

When a believer is separated from Christ and His Church, they can easily be deceived.