Do You Want Some Grace And Peace? (1 of 12) by Jerry Branch

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Do You Want Some Grace and Peace? (1 of 12)
Jerry Branch
Colossians 1:1-2
4-11-99

Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones says, that he believes the entire ministry of Paul is summed up in verse 28, of chapter 1, which say, "Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus."

Dr. Jones also pointed out that in that verse, Paul is giving solid answers to some very soul-searching questions - the questions of: What is proclaiming all about? What is it that we really proclaim? Does our proclamation really point to Jesus in everything? What about the Christian life - does it show Christ? What about our verbal message - does it show Jesus?

That's Powerful, folks. Powerful.

And you know something, folks?

When I read that, I found myself pausing and asking myself, can I say that of my own ministry? And only after prayerfully considering those questions, could I honestly answer YES. Perhaps, not always as I should, but I could truthfully answer YES.

These are questions that each of us should being asking ourselves about our personal ministry and witness. Can each of us, like Paul, sum up our individual ministries with Verse 28?

In fact, as we understand just how important and how great the significance of what Paul said here, then we see just why he did say what he did. And we also come to see why WE today must also be proclaiming that same message. From our pulpits; from our personal lives; from our personal witness.

As we look at the letter to the church at Colosse, we find something very interesting.

In fact, it is a little mind-boggling. You see Paul is writing to a group of people that, for the most part, he has never met in person.

Paul though is so concerned with their spiritual well-being that he takes the time and writes to them concerning the confusion and the danger of the confusion that has arisen there in Colosse.

Now this is really revealing. You see, folks, ...


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