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Summary: Paul gives 4 characteristics of Godly living while reminding us of why we should pursue His guidelines and precepts.

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INTRODUCTION

A. Our Journey of Life

-An infant begins an exciting journey to experience Life –(sights, sounds, touch, even dependency on parents)

- In growing, He works to excel in this new Journey

- As he grows into maturity & others notice

- Responsibilities and Opportunities … to Maturity

B.Epaphras also has a life of growth – but a different kind of growth

- Paul leads him to Christ

- In His faith (life), he becomes stronger and stronger

- He becomes grounded as he grows into maturity

- His love takes on a new definition – others attach

- A Church is Born (in 3 cities) in a house

Our life should be the same …

C. Distractions Come

- Paul has already heard of them

- He’s been praying for them because he knows the dangers

- Paul has seen this before (in Corinth, Galatia, & Philippi)

- He writes a letter to help (he doesn’t wait for Epaphras to recover from the long trip to Rome, but urgently sends a letter back to the church)

D. Text: Colossians 1:6b-14

- Describes his prayer

- Encourages them to grow and walk in a way that seek God’s way

- Reminds them of the REASON for PURSUING GODLY LIVING

- TEXT COLOSSIANS 1.6-14

I. THE GOSPEL IS BEARING FRUIT AND GROWING

READ VERSES 6b

‘gospel is bearing fruit and growing all over the world’

-being preached adding God’s blessing all throughout the Roman Empire

-God desires to use all believers to bear fruit allowing Him to bless that seed!

-BUT IS IT? Did the gospel bear fruit because of your effort this past week?

READ VERSES 7-8

‘you learned it from Epaphras’ – 7

-Epaphras does the same as Paul did for him (he spread the seed)

-The beauty of passion begins with one and spreads (as God promised)

-Discipleship as God intended

ILLUSTRATION: DISCIPLESHIP

-Begins one at a time - Not class at a time

-Question is whether you want to be used

-Ask God to use you to touch one person each day

-Look for opportunities to be used

‘a fellow servant’ ‘faithful minister’

-Testimony of Epaphras should rub off on all of us

-As it did this church - ‘love in the spirit’

-We are all called to be a faithful minister

-We are all called to be a fellow servant

Does the gospel bear fruit based on your life? Do you even consider the need? Or do you just go through life living one day at a time?

II. KNOWLEDGE REQUIRES WISDOM

As we will see throughout the book many in the church had the knowledge of the Word. In fact, it was a group considered in the know that was causing this problem. They were missing a very important element of Christian faith.

READ VERSES 9

‘for this reason…’ (all the above)

- Paul knew what was at stake

- How dangerous worldly vices could be a distraction

2 General Areas of Prayer

1. ‘fill you with the knowledge of His will’

-Filled with a hunger for God’s Word

I don’t know if we haven’t reached a stagnant time almost as though we feel we are all filled up. What about YOU? Do you still have a hunger for HIS WORD?

READ 2 Tim. 4.3

2. ‘through all spiritual wisdom and understanding’

-Knowledge does NO GOOD w/o the wisdom to put it to use

READ HEBREWS 5.11-14

QUOTE: APPLYING THE BIBLE said this of KNOWLEDGE


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