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Summary: The ministry of the Gospel requires suffering, stewardship, and sweat, in order to see believers mature in Christ.

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Introduction: Our journey through the book of Colossians.

Background: (1:1-2)

• Charles Quarles: “This false teaching threatened to undermine the supremacy of Christ, rob the church of its peace and joy, and

destroy the unity of the church that had characterized it from the beginning.” Lifeway Study, p. 37

• In the first part of this letter, Paul has encouraged the church to keep standing only on the gospel message and the teaching of the

apostles. Christ is all they need to believe in, and this is seen in their faith in the gospel, their growth in wisdom, and their personal

relationship with Jesus Christ. Now the Apostle Paul seeks to defend his calling; seeing that in most cases these false teachers

were deliberately smearing his name in church.

• ILL: Let’s say that this morning I announced that we would have a special speaker/preacher next week. He makes news

everywhere he goes, usually stirring up trouble. He has a history of murder, and even has been kicked out of several cities he has

gone to speak in. He is a very intolerant, radical individual who has just been released from prison. I have invited him to speak to

our children and youth about even adults about how to be happy even when the world seems to be against you. Is this a speaker

you would want me to invite to speak in our church? BE CAREFUL! That describes the Apostle Paul.

• The next session of Paul’s letter is a personal testimony of sorts. Paul is not using these verses to pat himself on the back, but

rather to defend his calling and to show the church of Colosse what are the characteristics of a teacher/minister who truly loves

Christ, the gospel, and the church.

Proposition: The ministry of the Gospel requires suffering, stewardship, and sweat,

in order to see believers mature in Christ.

I. Christ is All You Need To Believe In. (key verse – 1:18)

E. You Gotta Sacrifice for the Gospel. (1:24-2:3)

(Three key components of a true minister of God’s Word)

1. Willing to Suffer Joyfully for the Gospel. (1:24)

• Paul was not ashamed of his chains (4:18), in fact it was a badge of honor because of the reason for his chains, the

preaching of the gospel.

• Paul mentions that the enemies of Christ no longer can hurt Him, so they turn their hate toward Christ’s servants.

There is both joy and benefits in suffering for Christ

i. Suffering for Christ: “I rejoice…in the afflictions of Christ…”

ii. Suffering for Gentiles. “I rejoice in my suffering for you,…” (Colosse; those who were once Paul’s enemies are

now the ones he suffers for)

iii. Suffering for the church. “…for the sake of His body, which is the church.”

• Application: Ill: Parents who sacrifice for their children to go to swimming, sports, academic practice. (father that

sends his son to football camp in California for training. Parents fly from Atlanta to Cal to see games) There are

times the parents don’t feel good, or may not have the money, or may be too tired, yet they push through for their


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