SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

COMMUNITY (2 OF 8)

by Rich Wooten


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Community (2 of 8)
Series: Real Talk
Rich Wooten
Colossians 1:24-2:3


Colossians 1:24-2:3 (CSB) 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for his body, that is, the church. 25 I have become its servant, according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.

27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me.

1 For I want you to know how greatly I am struggling for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person. 2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God's mystery-Christ. 3 In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Mystery. our definition of it is the following:


'mist(?)re/ - something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

It's like men trying to understand women. It's dangerous to say that we know anything! I have been married for over 25 years, and still, to this day, I have her all figured out! Ha! Nope - not a chance. The mystery remains - even with such great wisdom - women and men think differently. Women don't compartmentalize. Don't try to problem solve immediately. And this is from my wife to me...and I still don't get it right!

We are faced with mysteries, according to our definition in English, on an ongoing basis daily. Scientific mysteries. Unsolvable internet mysteries (Cicada3301). The mystery of why McDonald's Fries are so addicting. I am sure there are many more mysteries out there.
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