19 For it pleased the Father that in Him
all the fullness should dwell,
20 and by Him
to reconcile all things to Himself,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies
in your mind by wicked works,
yet now He has reconciled
22 in the body of His flesh through death,
to present you holy, and blameless,
and above reproach in His sight—
23 if indeed you continue in the faith,
grounded and steadfast,
and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel
which you heard,
which was preached to every creature under heaven,
of which I, Paul, became a minister.
M.O.I. – Christian Living
C.I.T. – Paul wanted the readers to understand why God was pleased with the actions of Jesus.
Thesis – This passage reveals certain things that continue to please God.
Proposition – I want the church to understand what pleases God and continually seek to do so.
Probing Question – What is revealed in this passage that is pleasing to God?
Unifying Word – Actions
Transitional Sentence – If someone were to forgive all your debt and make sure that you had an unending inheritance, wouldn’t you want to find out what pleased that person and then do those things to please him. God has forgiven our sins and given us an eternal inheritance, we should seek to do those things that please Him. This passage teaches us what pleases God.
I. We can please God by rejoicing in the sacrifice His Son made. Vs. 19,20
II. We can please God by receiving the salvation He provides. Vs 21,22
III. We can please God by remaining faithful to Him. Vs. 23