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Summary: To show that we need to be encouraged in heart, united in love, and with full understanding to at least grasp GOD's Mystery, that is CHRIST.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have GOD's mystery in you?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we need to be encouraged in heart, united in love, and with full understanding to at least grasp GOD's Mystery, that is CHRIST.

IV. TEXT:

Colossians 2:2 (Amplified Bible)

[For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).

V. THESIS:

We need to be encouraged in heart, united in love, and with full understanding to at least grasp GOD's Mystery, that is CHRIST.

VI. TITLE:

Mystery of GOD: CHRIST

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: Between 60 to 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: To exhort and edify believers

D. To whom written: Church in Colosse, a city of Asia Minor

E. Main themes: Church, as body of CHRIST. CHRIST as Head of the Church. Warnings against trusting worldly wisdom

F. Keywords: CHRIST - the Head of all

Colossians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

G. Key verses:

Colossians 2:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Encouraged in heart

"[For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged)"

Isaiah 40:1 (Amplified Bible)

COMFORT, COMFORT My people, says your God.

Romans 15:5 (Amplified Bible)

Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (Amplified Bible)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),

Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.


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