Summary: This sermon shows us that becoming a Christian isn’t always a bed of roses, but we must keep the faith and let God use us according to His will.
"It’s Not Always Easy"
Colossians 1: 1-14
 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:  As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Almighty God, you are all knowing...all powerful...and able to be with us wherever we go. You are holy...loving...and merciful. As we open Your Word today, we read of the Apostle Paul’s feelings of joy and happiness. He was blessed by what he was hearing about those new Christians he had recently led to Jesus in the church at Colosse. He was told that they had a special love for one another...that they were still walking with Jesus...that they were still serving Jesus. Paul was so impressed with what he heard about those new Christians...he wanted to go spend some time with them. Lord, we thank you for the new Christians in our church. We pray for them...just as Paul did for those in Colosse. We pray that the Spirit will teach us...encourage us...and prepare us...as we seek guidance from Your Word today. In Jesus’ name.
I know how the Apostle Paul felt.
It is a great joy watching new Christians grow in the faith
I’m not going to mention any names.
But we’ve had some wonderful additions to this church
within the past couple of years.
It’s a real joy to see how Jesus changed their lives.
It just thrills my soul to see Jesus working in them.
Unfortunately not all new Christians grow as they should.
Jesus said in Luke Chapter 8
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Just as Paul prayed for those new Christians in Colosse...
I pray for our new Christians.
I don’t want to see them “fall away.”
Sometimes problems and disappointments
overwhelm new Christians...and some even fall away
That should concern the older Christians.
We have a responsibility
to those who are young in the faith.
Romans 15:1-2 says:
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
This message is designed to help us understand and deal
with some of the disappointments new Christians face.
Let me tell you the story of Brenda Carney.
When Brenda was 12 years old she was “born again”.
While attending the showing of a movie
about the Rapture and the end of this age...
Brenda got up out of her seat and ran to the altar.
She accepted Jesus as her Savior...
and became a “new creature in Christ.”
Her church friends said God was going to use her in a big way.
MANY BECOME CHRISTIANS
WITH JOYFUL EXPECTATIONS
Like Brenda Carney...
new Christians have a joy in their heart.
Acts 8:39 describes how the Ethiopian eunuch felt.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.