Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer , being alert and intent in with thanksgiving.
And at the same time pray for us also, that God may open a door to us for the Word (the Gospel), to proclaim the mystery concerning Christ (the Messiah) on account of which I am in prison;
That I may proclaim it fully and make it clear , as is my duty.
Behave yourselves wisely in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.
Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned with salt, to know how you ought to answer anyone .
Tychicus will give you full information about my affairs; a much-loved brother and faithful ministering assistant and fellow servant in the Lord.
I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are faring and that he may comfort and cheer and encourage your hearts.
And with Onesimus, faithful and beloved brother, who is of yourselves. They will let you know everything that has taken place here .
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner wishes to be remembered to you, as does Mark the relative of Barnabas. You received instructions concerning him; if he comes to you give him a welcome.
And Jesus, who is called Justus. These alone of the circumcision are among my fellow workers for God's kingdom, and they have proved a relief and a comfort to me.
Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. always striving for you earnestly in his prayers, that you may stand firm and mature , convinced and fully assured in Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.everything willed by God.
For I bear him testimony that he has labored hard in your behalf and for in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis.
Luke the beloved physician and Demas salute you.
Give my greetings to the brethren at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the assembly (the church) which meets in her house.
And when this epistle has been read before you, that it is read also in the assembly (the church) of the Laodiceans, and also that you yourselves in turn read the from Laodicea.
And say to Archippus, See that you discharge carefully the ministry and fulfill the stewardship which you have received in the Lord.
I, Paul, greeting, writing with my own hand. Remember I am still in prison and in chains. May grace (God's unmerited favor and blessing) be with you! Amen (so be it).
Summary: The Nov. 8, 2016 election results represent an open door of opportunity for the American Church? What now? What will we do with this opportunity? What is at stake? This message is a prophetic call to seize the day!
Summary: The heart of the average employee is more influenced by a world view rather than having the mind of Christ, as the Bible tells you and me to have. This teaches about God's perspective on work.
Summary: Epaphras was little known to many, but precious and valuable to Paul. Our churches are filled with those who receive little recognition, but contribute much. We need their continued devotion and service.
Summary: Based on the movie "War Room"... we look at the importance of first evaluating our own prayer lives. Are we hot or cold? Before we start praying that God works on another person, we start by asking God to change us. This is where our prayer lives begin.
Summary: Some thoughts on keeping the gospel flowing from Colossians 4:2-6; preached in preparation for revival services (Outline and material adapted from Lindsey Garmon in Carolina Christian Magazine, article entitled "Is the Message Flowing?")
Summary: Colossians lets us know that we have a colossal Lord, a colossal faith, and a colossal baptism (Outline from Alger Fitch's book, Reading Between the Lines", section on Colossians and Philemon). I used as a Bible study on Colossians but can be a sermon)
Summary: Today, I want to talk about a job that Jesus has given to every one of His children. On His last day on earth, and just before He ascended back to the Father, He gave us what we call the Great Commission.
Summary: The ultimate purpose and focus of our service is to reveal Christ to the world around us. We are called to live lives that reflect and project the grace of God in all we do and say. Paul calls on the believers at Colossae to shine forth God's grace!
Summary: On the same team, following the same leader, seeking to accomplish the same purpose of making Christ known to the world, we must know where to line up so that we remained focused on the right thing... our focus is to shine forth His virtue in our lives!
Summary: The Bible is full of verses that say that we should be praying. How many believers are praying? Prayer is communication between you and God, and when you are not involved communication Is broken.
Summary: Churches can be missional (other-centered) or tribal (self-centered). This first lesson reminds us of the need for awareness of others and opportunities to act on their behal -- in word and in deed.
Summary: We are to pray so that we might commune with God and share with Him the most deeply felt needs of our lives. We are to express to God the gratitude and the praise and the joy we feel in Him and in salvation. Paul elaborated on the purpose of prayer.