The Apostle Paul ends his letter to the Colossians with final instructions and greetings. These final 17 verses demonstrate his enlarged heart, a heart willing to take risks to because of love for others. Paul paints a picture of what Christian love is all about: Love for God, for God's Messengers, for Outsiders, and for Those Within the Body.
Pastor Mark Friz finalizes the sermon started by Pastor Dan Walter. The message identifies three pieces of clothing to "put on." It also identifies three aspects of the Christian diet that we need to "put in."
This sermon, originally scheduled for March 2, was postponed one week because of an ice and snow event. Pastor Mark appears as Onesimus in a first person sermon. Onesimus appeals for God's people to not only forgive one another, but to also accept and welcome one another in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Mark explores Paul's warning in Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." This passage forms a Spiritual Security System for believers.
Pastor Mark describes three mysteries of discipleship. A biblical mystery is something that has been hidden in the past but now is revealed. Even though the NT reveals several mysteries, we can never fully understand them. This sermon especially emphasizes the mystery of suffering, focusing on the Coptic Christians in Egypt, with 40 church burned in the last half of 2013.
Normally, when we pray for one another, we pray for healing from diseases or help in emergencies. The Apostle Paul suggest a different kind of prayer--prayer for better disciples. The passage from Colossians teaches us how to pray for a disciple's head, hands and heart.
In this first passage from the Colossians series, the apostle Paul celebrates the spiritual growth of the new church in Colossae. Pastor Mark introduces this new sermon series and encourages the St. Paul's Congregation with news of how the gospel is growing and bearing fruit throughout the world.