Paul's encouragement
SERMON OUTLINE: ETS: Paul wrote to the Colossians & strengthened them to be careful, to be in go...
Published April 12th, 2015
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2015-04-12 01:53:21
SERMON OUTLINE: ETS: Paul wrote to the Colossians & strengthened them to be careful, to be in good order & firm in their faith in Christ. FCF: Like the saints at Colossae we too are prone to be deluded with plausible arguments, ESS: Paul's strengthening of the church at Colossae reminds us to be careful in our lives, to be in good order & be firm in our faith in Christ. OSS: Let us be in Christ so that we will not be deluded but be in good order & firm in our faith in Him. PQ: How does this passage strengthen us to lead our lives? TSMP+UW: Few ways in which this passage strengthens us to live. 1 . Be united in love 2. Reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding & the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ 3. Don't be deluded with plausible arguments. 4. Be in good order & firm in your faith in Christ. PASSAGE: 2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 Forthough I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see yourgood order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. MANUSCRIPT: Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, When we read this passage of Col 2:1-5 we see that Paul strengthened his readers while explaining how they ought to live. Even though he was struggling in prison he rejoiced that God was using him for the benefit of others even from there. The church at Colossae was subject to false teaching wherein the believers were made to believe things that seemed to be true. We see that in the rest of the chapter. Paul emphasizes at the beginning of this passage that his readers should be aware of his struggle for them. Not only them but even the saints at Laodicea, a nearby city & others who have not seen him. The saints at Colossae were in great danger of false doctrines. Their simple mind was influenced to empty deceit & worldly philosophies. That is the main reason why he wrote this passage to them. His desire was to present every man to Christ. He sought to do that by proclaiming Christ to them, admonishing & teaching them as well. He also states that the purpose of his struggle is that " their hearts be encouraged". Encouragement can include comfort, instruction, entreaty, exhortation and admonishment. The purpose of Biblical encouragement is to bring a person to a right understanding and motivate them to right actions. What will be needed to encourage will vary with the person and the particular circumstances. Sometimes all it takes is a reminder of the truth to motivate someone to right actions. Other times it takes a lot of admonishment first to correct wrong beliefs and actions and then instruction and exhortation in truth to bring about right beliefs and actions. Church, let us come to know of f ew ways in which this passage strengthens us to live. 1 . Be united in love 2. Reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding & the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ. 3. Be in good order & firm in your faith in Christ. 1. Be united in love: Paul’s struggle on their behalf was motivated by His love for Jesus and His disciples. He understood that as their hearts were encouraged they would be bound closer together in love. He states that we are to be knit or joined together by love. Unity is critical in church life. Jesus prayed that we would be “perfected in unity” in John 17:23. 2. Reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding & the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ: Understanding is a comprehension or apprehending of Christ. This brings about a full assurance or confidence. Teachers of false doctrine seek to make us unstable and uncertain about what is true and in that way introduce their heresy as a substitute. When we understand the interconnected nature of the teachings of scripture there is a strong wall of confidence in the truth that is built against such false teachers. And because we are part of a body, we help one another by bringing understanding to those who are ignorant or uncertain. The false teachers could offer up interesting ideas and even logical arguments, but they did out of their own knowledge and understanding instead of God’s. Paul wanted the Colossian believers to have full confidence in the truth through a full knowledge gained by knowing Christ Himself, the mystery of God that had been revealed. 3. Be in good order & firm in your faith in Christ: As an example we need to consider how a solid troop would be ready for battle. A troop which is well prepared, well-equipped, trained, motivated & all rearing to go.. Paul reminds them to walk as the scripture tells them to. In observing all these points which Paul makes to Colossians he assures them of being secure in Christ which encourages us to do the same & follow the very purpose of which we are being called.
11428795664142 1428484877849 Notes 2015-04-11 23:41:04 2015-04-12 01:53:21 SERMON OUTLINE: ETS: Paul wrote to the Colossians & strengthened them to be careful, to be in good order & firm in their faith in Christ. FCF: Like the saints at Colossae we too are prone to be deluded with plausible arguments, ESS: Paul's strengthening of the church at Colossae reminds us to be careful in our lives, to be in good order & be firm in our faith in Christ. OSS: Let us be in Christ so that we will not be deluded but be in good order & firm in our faith in Him. PQ: How does this passage strengthen us to lead our lives? TSMP+UW: Few ways in which this passage strengthens us to live. 1 . Be united in love 2. Reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding & the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ 3. Don't be deluded with plausible arguments. 4. Be in good order & firm in your faith in Christ. PASSAGE: 2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 Forthough I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see yourgood order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. MANUSCRIPT: Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, When we read this passage of Col 2:1-5 we see that Paul strengthened his readers while explaining how they ought to live. Even though he was struggling in prison he rejoiced that God was using him for the benefit of others even from there. The church at Colossae was subject to false teaching wherein the believers were made to believe things that seemed to be true. We see that in the rest of the chapter. Paul emphasizes at the beginning of this passage that his readers should be aware of his struggle for them. Not only them but even the saints at Laodicea, a nearby city & others who have not seen him. The saints at Colossae were in great danger of false doctrines. Their simple mind was influenced to empty deceit & worldly philosophies. That is the main reason why he wrote this passage to them. His desire was to present every man to Christ. He sought to do that by proclaiming Christ to them, admonishing & teaching them as well. He also states that the purpose of his struggle is that " their hearts be encouraged". Encouragement can include comfort, instruction, entreaty, exhortation and admonishment. The purpose of Biblical encouragement is to bring a person to a right understanding and motivate them to right actions. What will be needed to encourage will vary with the person and the particular circumstances. Sometimes all it takes is a reminder of the truth to motivate someone to right actions. Other times it takes a lot of admonishment first to correct wrong beliefs and actions and then instruction and exhortation in truth to bring about right beliefs and actions. Church, let us come to know of f ew ways in which this passage strengthens us to live. 1 . Be united in love 2. Reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding & the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ. 3. Be in good order & firm in your faith in Christ. 1. Be united in love: Paul’s struggle on their behalf was motivated by His love for Jesus and His disciples. He understood that as their hearts were encouraged they would be bound closer together in love. He states that we are to be knit or joined together by love. Unity is critical in church life. Jesus prayed that we would be “perfected in unity” in John 17:23. 2. Reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding & the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ: Understanding is a comprehension or apprehending of Christ. This brings about a full assurance or confidence. Teachers of false doctrine seek to make us unstable and uncertain about what is true and in that way introduce their heresy as a substitute. When we understand the interconnected nature of the teachings of scripture there is a strong wall of confidence in the truth that is built against such false teachers. And because we are part of a body, we help one another by bringing understanding to those who are ignorant or uncertain. The false teachers could offer up interesting ideas and even logical arguments, but they did out of their own knowledge and understanding instead of God’s. Paul wanted the Colossian believers to have full confidence in the truth through a full knowledge gained by knowing Christ Himself, the mystery of God that had been revealed. 3. Be in good order & firm in your faith in Christ: As an example we need to consider how a solid troop would be ready for battle. A troop which is well prepared, well-equipped, trained, motivated & all rearing to go.. Paul reminds them to walk as the scripture tells them to. In observing all these points which Paul makes to Colossians he assures them of being secure in Christ which encourages us to do the same & follow the very purpose of which we are being called. notes
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