Faith, Hope And Love (2 of 18) by Tony Nester

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Faith, Hope and Love (2 of 18)
Colossians
Tony Nester
Colossians 1:3-8

Last week we began this series of messages on The
Letter of Paul to the Colossians. We saw how Paul
began by presenting himself as an apostolic leader and
identifying the believers in Colossae as the saints of
God. This was all by way of introduction. Now we're
ready to get into the message of Paul's letter.

Let's begin with verses 3:

{3} "In our prayers for you we always thank God, the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Paul loved hearing about this church. Whenever he went
to prayer he thanked God for the church at Colossae.
As we learned last week Paul had not established this
church nor had he visited these believers. Here was a
church that had come into existence through the ripple
effect of Paul's ministry in nearby Ephesus. The
Gospel had gone out from Paul, been carried forward by
another, and planted with good results in Colossae.
Paul was grateful that the Word of God was proving
powerful in ways that went beyond his own immediate
ministry.

Now Paul sums up the reputation of this church.

{4} for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of the love that you have for all the saints, {5}
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.

News of the church had reached Paul especially through
its first pastor - Epaphras. His name will appear in
verse 7. Near the end of the letter in Chapter 4 we
find that Onesimus is another member of the Colossian
church who had spent time with Paul telling him about
this church.

Paul did not listen to these reports with a blank
image of the church.. Although every congregation had
its own unique setting and character there were,
nevertheless, certain qualities that Paul looked for
in a church. It's as though Paul had a spiritual
template in mind as he looked at a church. There could
be lots of variations on the template but certain
things needed to be in place. ...


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