Wait for the Lord; be strong! The promises of God will never bebroken. With God as our light, what is there to fear? Genesis 15
The promises of God will never be broken. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Psalm 27
The promises of God will never be broken. Luke 13
Some say you cannot legislate morality.Question: Do you agree or disagree?
In Colossians 3, Paul says obeying the law isnt enough. We are called to a higher morality.
Our studies from Colossians havefocused on the supremacy of Christ We have been furthered challenged not to allow any false teachings us from following Christ and growing in His grace.
This lesson challenges us to reachout by speaking and living in waysthat reveal the new life in Christ. Paul wanted the believers at Colossae to know that salvation (God’s will for us) touches our world in every area.
Paul talks about how Christianity relates itself to society. Christianity is about our relationships to other people.
Paul has taught that we are complete in Christ and cannot addanything necessary to our salvation. However, in order to grow spiritually and impact the lost we must pursue habits and develop character that will strengthen their faith.
Are you more apt to pray forspecific/occasional things or for everyday things? What does that say about us?
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Paul requested that people pray for him, his ministry, and hiseffectiveness in preaching the good news about Jesus. Paul also said that people should commit themselves wholeheartedly to prayer and to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We must remember that our battles are most often against spiritualpowers in the heavenly places and not against human adversaries We need prayer to win these battles, overcome temptations and understand the true meaning of the Word of God.
To “watch” means “to remain fully awake.” The word carries a military implication as a guard or sentinel would stand “watch” over his post.
Spiritually, the believer should remain alert to his own needs, theneeds of the family of faith and theneeds of the lost world around him. When that type of alertness characterizes the believer’s prayer life it is only logical that “thanksgiving” will follow.
Perhaps the greatest example forthe apostle was the relationshipbetween a master and his slave. It has been estimated by some that as much as 20 to 30 percent of the population was in that type of relationship at the time of the writing of Colossians
Philemon was brother at Colossaewho had a runaway slave, Onesimus, who was saved under Paul’s preaching. The epistle of Philemon is Paul’s request to Philemon to receive Onesimus back on the grounds of God’s saving grace.
Paul’s point is that Christian “Masters” must to answer toGod for the way they treat their “servants.” The guiding principle for the master/servant relationship is that both he and his servant have the same Lord.
Christian employers must answer to God for the way they treat their employees. Each of us will give account unto God (Romans 14:12).
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, sothat we may proclaim the mystery ofChrist, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4 (NIV)
Paul did not ask the Colossians to pray for his release from prison;he probably assumed they would pray for his release. When the apostles were imprisoned, “they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name [of Jesus Christ] (Acts 5:41).
He requested that they pray for him to serve the Lord Jesus Christeffectively everyplace he stayed or went—including prison. He wanted them to pray for him to continue experiencing the privilege of teaching about Jesus.
Maclaren described the phrase“continue in prayer” as “the idea of uninterrupted companionship” It does not require praying verbally or audibly every second of the day.
Praying for others is one of the best ways to reach the world. It prevents self-centeredness and helps us remember the gospel message is not ours alone.
If his listeners rejected Jesus Christ, Paul did not want the reason to be that he had not revealed the mystery clearly or had not clearly answered their questions.
Paul’s request for prayer from the Colossian believers focused specifically on the desire to see“God would open unto us a door…” Paul’s business was evangelizing. He wanted the Colossians to make their business that of prayer.
Question: Are thereevangelists/missionaries that you pray for on a regular basis?
Be wise in the way you act towardoutsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5 (NIV)
Paul did not want believers to think that a life of study and prayer was the only thing God required. He wanted them to speak and act wisely toward others too—not only inside the church, but to those lost and without hope.
Ephesians 2:12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenshipof Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. They are “without” a host of other things including fellowship, joy, peace, security and love found in Christ.
Paul is teaching us to be wise in the way we live and act toward those that are lost. This “wisdom” to which Paul refers is no mere human wisdom but divine.
You cannot reach a lost world by being like them Believers must never conform to the worlds standards but rather daily conduct ourselves as Christians.
Remember that Jesus said, “…be ye therefore wise as serpents, andharmless as doves” Matthew 10:16. It is still “salt and light” that penetrates and arrests this corrupt culture and sinful world Matthew 5:13-14
“Redeeming the time” basicallymeans “make the most of what time you have.” A wise believer will look for opportunities just as a good business man looks for financial opportunities.
6 Letyour conversation be always fullof grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 (NIV)
Paul wrote that we should not useabusive language (3:8) but we needto speak gracious words—kind and loving words “Seasoned with salt” means “just the right amount,” for too little salt does not satisfy and too much salt can ruin the flavor of something or be physically harmful.
Christianity and the gospel must never be shared in an arrogant authoritative manner. Words as well as works need to be Christ like if the believer expects to make an impact on the lost world.
“But sanctify the Lord God in yourhearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asksyou a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” 1 Peter 3:15
Every Christian should personallyunderstand the reason for the hope that is within them because of Christ. Then consider how you would share that understanding with a 12 year old child.
Christianity not only changes the individual, but the individual itchanges affects the world in which he lives.
Christianity is not just personal. It’s a changed life that changes theenvironment in which that life lives.
How we walk and how we talk will speak louder than any personal experience we share.
Each of us is on mission right where we are, at all times.
Paul wants us to always praythankfully. We are to be thankful for specific things but also for constant gifts.
In his book entitled “Crossing the Border,” Christian author Guy H.King writes these following words about Colossians 4:2-6.
“When we are trying to explain to another the reasonableness of our belief, there is a proper way to do it, a true Christian spirit in which to talk. Almost as important as knowingwhat to say is to know how to say it.”
At the very beginning of theChristian Church we are told of twogreat characteristics of the apostles’ witness, which should qualify both our public and private testimony.
The Bible says the apostleswitnessed with ‘great power’ and ‘great grace’ (Acts 4:33). Shall we not ask for strength of conviction, and sweetness of manner?”