Colossians Study (Week 3) Colossians 1:9-14

  • Ceaseless Prayer & God’s Will (Colossians 1:9)
    • Paul not only tells the church that he is praying for them, he tells them specifically what he has been praying.
      • Paul prays that they would know God’s will for their lives.
  • God’s Will
    • The General Will of God. (God’s will for all of His people.)
      • To know Him and to make Him known.
        • Great Commandment (Deut 6:4-9, Matt 22:37-40)
        • Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20)
    • The Specific will of God (God’s will for specific people.)
      • How can we discover God’s will for our lives?
        • Abide (John 15)
        • Listen to Others (Proverbs 27:17)
        • Discover your loves (Psalm 37:4)
  • What does knowing & following His will produce in us? 
    • Walking Worthy (Colossians 1:10)
    • Fully Pleasing (Colossians 1:10)
    • Bearing Fruit (Colossians 1:10)
    • Knowing God (Colossians 1:10)
  • What do you need to follow God’s will?
    • God-sized endurance & patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11)
  • How can we gain and keep this God-sized endurance & patience with joy?
    • Remember the Gospel (Colossians 1:12-14)
      • God has…
        • Qualified us. (Colossians 1:12)
        • Delivered us. (Colossians 1:13)
        • Transferred us. (Colossians 1:13)
        • Redeemed us. (Colossians 1:14)
  • Questions to think about
    • Are you looking for the will of God in your life?
    • Is patent endurance with joy an accurate description of your life?
    • How do you consistently remind yourself of the truth of the Gospel?

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Colossians Study (Week 2) Colossians 1:1-8

  • Who, How & Authority (Colossians 1:1)
    • Who = Paul, the Apostle & Timothy our brother
      • Apostles were those who…
        • Were eye witnesses of the resurrection.
        • Were personally sent out by Jesus.
      • Timothy is not a servant, he is a brother.  Paul discipled Timothy as a learner not a lesser!
    • How = by the will of God
      • Becoming an Apostle of Jesus was not Paul’s plan.  It was God’s sovereign design for Paul’s life that He communicated to Paul on the road to Damascus.
    • Authority = Paul emphasizes his authority in this introduction so that he can more effectively build up the church and combat heresy.
  • Status, Family, Home & Greeting (Colossians 1:2)
    • Status = Saints
      • Our status changes from rebel to saint when we repent and believe the Gospel.
    • Family = Faithful brothers (and sisters) in Christ
      • We are adopted through faith into one family.
    • Home = in Colossae
      •  This part of the family shares a geographic location.
    • Greetings = Grace and Peace from God our Father
      • Paul takes a fairly standard greeting and “Christianized” it to remind his readers that the grace of God produces peace with God.
  • Paul is not a Rock Star (Colossians 1:3)
    • We.  Paul is all about we, not I.  The only rockstar in Christianity is Jesus.  The rest of us are merely servants sent to reflect His awesomeness.
  • Thanks > Congratulations (Colossians 1:3)
    • “Congratulations” puts the focus on man.  “Thanks” puts the focus on God.  God is the one who saves and restores.  We are merely recipients of His work.
  • What is Paul thanking God for? 
    • Faith & Love (Colossians 1:4)
  • What is the source of their Faith & Love?
    • The Hope of the Gospel (Colossians 1:5)
      • Hope = Faith Looking Forward
      • Hope makes all the difference in the world.  It may not change your present situation, but it sets your mind on far greater things to come in the future.
  • How do you get the hope of the Gospel?
    • The Gospel Overflow (Colossians 1:6)
      • People hear and understand the Gospel.
      • People repent and believe the Gospel.
      • People live and share the Gospel.
      • Other People hear and understand the Gospel.
      • … and on and on.
  • The Gospel Overflow is the responsibility of all believers. (Colossians 1:8)
    • Epaphras hears and believes the Gospel, and then he takes it home and tells others.  Epaphras actions are the normal overflow of the Gospel in his life.  He is not a rockstar, but a “fellow servant & faithful minister.”  This is the call to all believers.
  • Questions to think about.
    • Do you believe the Gospel?
    • Does the Gospel overflow from your life?

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He = Jesus

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church.  He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent.  For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. – Colossians 1:15-20

  • He shows us God.
  • He was here before everything else.
  • He made everything else.
  • Everything else was made for Him.
  • He is first.
  • He keeps everything together.
  • He is the Senior Pastor.
  • He is the first to raise from the dead.
  • It’s all about Him.
  • He is God.
  • He is our savior.

Everybody follows somebody.  I choose this guy.