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A Life That Pleases God (2 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
We’re studying the book of Colossians on Sunday mornings in a series I’ve entitled, Jesus F1RST. That’s really what this book is about. Paul is writing to a church that is a bit confused about who Jesus is and what His proper place should be.
He reminds them that Jesus should be first. If I could sum up for you in a phrase what it means to faithfully follow Jesus I don’t think there’s a phrase better than this: it’s about putting Jesus first in everything.
In Colossians 1:9-14, Paul prays for the Colossian believers. The theme of his prayer is found in verse 10 where he says that believers should be “fully pleasing” to the Lord. So, we’re going to learn this morning how to have A Life That Pleases God. READ TEXT - PRAY
When you put Jesus first it means you live in a way that is “fully pleasing” to the Lord. Paul prayed that would happen in their lives.
*A little boy knelt at his bed and said his bedtime prayers. “Lord, please bless Mommy, and Daddy, and Auntie, and Uncle. Lord, give us a good day today. And please give me a bicycle for CHRISTMAAAAAAS!” The boy’s mother heard him yelling and wondered at his behavior. She walked into the room and said, “Son, son, you don’t have to scream. God can hear you.” The boy looked up with big eyes and said, “Mama, I know God can hear me, but Grandma can’t hear very well and she’s got the money for the bike.”*
Even without the benefit of sophisticated scientific equipment or technology, every Christian can minister directly to the spiritual well-being of other believers without seeing or speaking to them. We can play a role in their spiritual growth, and even secure God’s blessings for them. The amazing means is prayer.
That’s what we see here in Colossians 1:9-14. Paul prayed specifically for these believers that they would life A Life That Pleases God. *And I want you to know. I pray for you. I just think you need ...
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