To The Saints - Colossians 1:1-4

April 22, 2023 Pastor: Terry Embke Series: Colossians - Jesus Is Lord In All of Life

Topic: Jesus Is Lord In All Of Life Passage: Colossians 1:1–4

042323-“To The Saints”...Colossians 1:1-4

“The devil does not allow the wind of error to blow long in the same direction” -an unknown Puritan

Revelation 12:9...“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…”

Matthew 7:13...“For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many”

Matthew 28:18-20...“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”

Acts 1:8...“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end
of the earth.”

Colossians 4...
-v.3, “…pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison…”
-v.10 “Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you…”
-v.18 “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains…”

“Key Verse” In Colossians...“I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.” -Chapter 2, verse 4

Sermon In A Sentence:The greatest danger to our faith in Jesus Christ is our tendency to be influenced by the surrounding culture.

“Tell me what the world is saying today and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in twenty years.” -Francis Schaeffer

Colossians 1:1-4...“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother: To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers. Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints”

Only Through Authentic Faith In Jesus Christ Do We Find:
-Purpose in God’s will (v.1)
-Community in God’s people (v.2)
-Encouragement in God’s grace (v.2)
-Security in peace from God (v.2)
-Gratitude for God’s sanctification (v.3)
-Capacity to love & keep the faith (v.4)

Ephesians 1:11...“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will”

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