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A Proper Answer (14 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Chapter four begins with an admonition to "Masters;"
"Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal." Very simply, masters are to be fair to their employees--fair in wages and fair in treatment.
a. As "servants" are to obey their masters (3:22), so
also, Paul reminds the employer that he has a responsibility before God to do the right thing by his employees.
2. In (vs. 2) we are told to "continue in prayer, and watch in
the same with thanksgiving." This is an important responsibility for every Christian--spending time in prayer and giving thanks to God in all things.
a. Philip. 4:6-7, "Be careful for nothing; but in every
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
QUOTE: John Newton said, "Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees."
3. Our focus this evening is not on the master/servant
relationship (we touched on that last week), rather it is on our speech and behavior as it relates to the gospel. Paul addresses our Christian witness--both in character and in manner of speaking.
QUOTE: Dan Greene said, "Witnessing is not a spare-time occupation or a once-a-week activity. It must be a quality of life."
4. Let me give you three things:
I. An Open Door
II. An Ernest Desire
III. An Effective Deportment
I. AN OPEN DOOR (VS. 3)
A. It involves prayer
1. Satan seeks to defeat any effort to share the gospel.
If you are a soul winner (and every Christian should be), then Satan is out to defeat you. He hates you because you belong to Christ, and he especially hates you if you are a witness for Christ.
a. Paul wrote in 1 Cor 16:9, "For a great door
and effectual is opened unto me, and there ...
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