Colossians 4:7–14 “Achieve Your Role In The Church”

Colossians 4:7–14 “Achieve Your Role In The Church”
 
7 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.
8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and so that he may encourage your hearts.
 
9 He is coming with Onesimus, a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.
 
10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin (concerning whom you have received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),
11 and so does Jesus who is called Justus. These alone of the circumcised are my coworkers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
 
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.
13 For I testify about him that he works hard for you, for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.
 
 
 
14 Luke, the dearly loved physician, and Demas send you greetings.

Colossians 3:12-17 “What Christ Has Achieved For You”

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.

14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

15 And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Actions of Christ

 

V12 – God Has Chosen Us – “God’s Elect,”

 

V12 – God Has Set Us Apart – “Holy,”

 

V12 – God Has Loved Us – 

            God Loves The Sinner – Romans 5:8

            God Loves The Saint – Romans 8:34-39

 

V13 – God Has Forgiven Us –

 

Actions of Christ Followers

 

V12-13  Just As God Has Had Grace For You, You Are To Have Grace For Others

            His Compassion –

            His Kindness –

His Humility –

His Gentleness – “Meekness,”

            His Patience – “Forbearance,”

 

His Forgiveness –

V14  Put On Love –

 

Benefits of Following Christ

 

V15  Let the Peace of Christ Rule Your Hearts

 

V16  Let the Word of Christ Dwell Richly Among You

V17  Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus

Colossians 3:1–4 “Achieve a Greater Purpose”

Colossians 3:1–4 “Achieve a Greater Purpose”

1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Why Do I Think About The Things That I Think About?

Why Should I Set My Mind On Things Above?

  1. Understand That If You Are A Christian, You Are Destined For Heaven.
  1. Understand That We Are Not In The Real World.

What Will Setting My Mind On Things Above Do?

  1.  Setting Your Mind On Things Above Will Change Your View Of Earthly Position.

Luke 12:15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”

  1.  Setting Your Mind On Things Above Will Give You Strength To Endure All Things.

Hebrews 12:2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2 Corinthians 4:16–17 Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.

17 For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.

  1.  Setting Your Mind On Things Above Will Motivate You To Achieve A Greater Purpose!

Colossians 2:4-10 “Anchored to The Truth”

4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable. 5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.

6 So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.

8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you have been filled by him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

 

HOW WE ________________________FROM THE TRUTH

  • takes you Captive
  • Philosophy-
  • Human Traditions-
  • Elements of the world-

HOW TO _________________________________TO THE TRUTH

  1. Walk With Christ – just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him
  2. Stand Firm in Christ –being rooted and built up in him
  3. Established in Christ –established in the faith, just as you were taught
  4. Finding Joy in Christ –Overflowing with gratitude

____________ ANCHOR YOURSELF TO THE TRUTH?

Colossians 2:1-4 “Anchored With Passion”

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.

Colossians 1:24–29 “Anchored To The Mission”

Colossians 1:24–29 “Anchored To The Mission”

 

24 Now I rejoice in my SUFFERINGS for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the church.

 

The Attitude of Ministry

 

 

  • Suffering brings Good to the People of God

 

 

 

  • Suffering brings Good to the Person of God

 

 

James 1:2–4

 

 

 

 

  • Suffering Unifies The Person of God to Christ

 

 

John 15:18–21

 

 

 

25 I have become its SERVANT, according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.

27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

The Calling of Ministry

 

 

  • The Servant Of God Is Called To Make The Word Of God Known.

 

 

 

  • The Servant Of God Makes The Word Of God Fully Known.

 

 

 

  • The Servant Of God Shares The Mystery Of God.

 

 

28 We PROCLAIM him, WARNING and TEACHING everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me.

 

The Purpose of Ministry

 

 

  • The Christian Proclaims Christ

 

 

 

  • The Christian Warns Everyone

 

 

 

  • The Christian Teaches Everyone

 

 

Colossians 1:15-22 “The God Who Is”

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him.  17He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.  18He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.  19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  20and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

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V15 He Is The _________ of God

V15b  He is The __________ Born

V16a  He is The ___________

V16b He is The _____________ All Things were created

V17a He is ___________ All Things

V17b He is The _______________ of All Things

V18a He is The _______________ of the Church

V18b He is The _______________

V19 He is The _____________ Place of God

V20 He is The ______________ of All Things

 

21Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds expressed in your evil actions.  22But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him—

 

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V21 You

V22 He Has reconciled you

Colossians 1:1–8 “We Are Anchored To The Gospel”

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother:

2To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sistersGrace to you and peace from God our Father.

3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints

5because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel

 

v3 – We Always Thank God For You – 5 ______________ OF A BELIEVER’S LIFE

 

v4 – Gospel __________

 

v4 – Gospel __________

 

v5 – Gospel ___________

 

6that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s grace.

7You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

 

v6 – Gospel _______________

v7 – Gospel _____________