Summary: This is the 2nd sermon in the series "Church On The Move".
Series: Church On The Move (Colossians)[#2]
My 9 year old son, Tyler, said something interesting to me the other day. After getting trouble and getting a “spanking”, he told me that what he hated more than the “spanking” was the fact that he had disappointed me. I understand that, because I have felt the same way for a long time.
As a Christian I know that God has to discipline me sometimes; but what is worse is that I disappoint God. I want to always please God, don’t you?
In our text, Paul tells us how to please God.
Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV)
 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
We please God by…
Bearing Good Fruit
“… bearing fruit in every good work”.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
This is the good fruit we bear when walking in the Spirit. We must understand that the only way we can bear good fruit is by being attached to the source of power.
John 15:1-8 (NIV)
 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
We please God by bearing good fruit and by…
Growing In Knowledge
“…growing in the knowledge of God.”
The older I get the less I know. I am amazed that as I study the Bible how many things I have missed through the years.
How do you grow in the knowledge of God? By studying and applying the Word of God.
Psalm 119:9-11 (NIV)
[9[ How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
God wants you to keep growing. Don’t stop feeding on the Word of God.
We please God by bearing fruit, growing in knowledge, and by…
“… being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”
Psalm 28:7-8 (NIV)
 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
We are strengthened by God’s presence and moving in our lives. As Nehemiah to the people, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength”.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)
 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.