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Colossians recap
Pauls Final Greetings
Colossians 4:2–6 ESV
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, 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— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Paul’s prayers for the Colossian church are littered throughout this brief letter.
He knows of them… so he prays for them
He want them to succeed/persevere … so he prays for them
He loves them… so he teaches them to pray
Prayer
Colossians 4:2 ESV
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:
Prayer
Continue… (There’s an assumption that as a believer you’re already praying)
Steadfastly in prayer
frequently
habitually
about all things
Being watchful
Pay attention when you pray
disciples falling asleep on Jesus (transfiguration & in Gethsemane), the kid that fell out of a window.
In prayer God changes us
Be thankful
Pray for others… Open doors
Colossians 4:3–4 ESV
3 At the same time, 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— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
Colossians 4:
Pray for others… Open Doors
Other Christians to faithfully share the Gospel
Himself...
Paul doesn’t ask for release from prison or better living conditions or health or wealth. Instead he asks for prayer for the work of the Gospel:
open doors
Pray for others… boldness to declare
Pray for others… clarity
Pray for others… the Lost
to see the Jesus as Glorious
understanding
Walk in Wisdom
Colossians 4:5–6 ESV
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Toward outsiders - we must have wisdom and tact in how we relate with and share the gospel with those outside the church.
Toward outsiders - we must have wisdom and tact in how we relate with and share the gospel with those outside the church.
includes when and when not to speak to others about their beliefs
Few people have ever been argued into Christianity.
We must be ever watchful for the open door (opportunity) to share and serve
we should always be on the look-out for the opportunity to serve Christ… Christ is all, and in all
In how you use your time
In how you use your time
Make the best use of time - Paul assumes we have interactions with lost people, make the best of those interactions.
In how you speak
In how you speak
Let your speech be gracious… but seasoned with salt
Winsome
Don’t be a dullard
Keep proper perspective
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This sermon and the last 2-3 have been very practical. Marriage, parenting, work life, prayer, witness.
Westminister Shorter Catechism: Question 1
What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever
Colossians
The Colossian church was so passionate about the Glory of God they sent Epaphrus to go find Paul and ask… What else?!?!
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