Disciple Up #172
Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ, Part 9
Pray, Watch & Witness
By Louie Marsh, 8-12-2020
1) PERSIST in Prayer.
Devote yourselves to prayer…. Col. 4:2
Don’t be weary in prayer; keep at it; Col. 4:2 (LB)
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. John 17:1-5 (ESV)
- Pray for
Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them. Col. 4:3-4 (Message)
2) WATCH what’s happening!
…being watchful…. Col. 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind… Col. 4:2 (NLT)
3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5 (ESV)
- Watch THE ENEMY.
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. 1 Peter 5:8 (Message)
3) THANK God regularly.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Col. 4:2 (NLT)
4) SHARE my faith wisely.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Col. 4:5-6
- MAXIMIZE every moment.
- TALK like Christ.
- GIVE honest answers
The Gospel In A Nutshell
The one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him. He is the creator of all things, perfect, holy and worth of our worship & obedience. He is love and in the end will judge all sin.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV)
All people, though created good, have become sinful by nature, we sin and cut ourselves off from God’s love and grace. (Gen. 3)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 (ESV)
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (ESV)
Is God in human flesh (John 1:1), lived a perfect life, died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law & taking on himself the punishment for our sins.(Mark 10:45; John 1:14; Heb. 7:26; Rom. 3:21-26, 5:12-21) He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted his sacrifice
45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10 (ESV)
How To Establish A Spiritual B.A.S.I.S. for Living
B = Believe Jesus died on the Cross for me and showed He was God by coming back to life again.
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Cor. 15:2-4)
A = Accept Christ as Lord of My life and His free forgiveness of my sins.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– (John 1:12)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Eph. 1:7)
S = Switch to God’s Plan for my life.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
I = Inform others of your decision.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
S = Submerge yourself in Christ.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27
5) KEEP people your priority.
Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. Colossians 4:7-16 (ESV
6) FINISH your race!
Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.” Col. 4:1
7) GRACE is what you need!
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Col. 4:18
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