When Is God at His Best? (Colossians 1:3-14)Pastor Steve Newton, May 7, 2017
Part of the Colossians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We have all denied Jesus at one time or another. We have all turned to our own way. We all at times have paid lip service to God in worship, then as soon as we leave the sanctuary lived like the devil – scheming, planning ways to get richer at the expense of someone else. And it really does not matter how we hurt another person, for after all, business is business. And still God wants to talk to us. His desire is to have a private conversation with his children. He wants to talk about the love he has for each one of us. He longs to tell us of the possibility of forgiveness that we do not deserve nor can we earn. And no matter what our background may be, he invites us into his church.
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3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)