Chapter One, Lesson Two
LEARNING TO SERVE Page
V. 6 ** As we turn our attention to verse six, does
Paul indicate that the gospel truth is somehow limited?
Absolutely not! "...which has come to you, just as in all the
** Is God's marvelous gospel truth stagnate, sluggish or dull, according
No! "...it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing..."
** What does it mean that the gospel is bearing fruit?
1) Numerical increase - Acts 9:31
2) Trust and courage - Philippians 1:12-14
3) Glory to God alone - 1Thessalonians 1:8-9
** Who causes this amazing "growth"?
God, Himself! cf. Isaiah 55:11, 1Corinthians 3:4-7, Colossians 2:19
** How long had this God given growth been manifested among the saints
at Colossae according to Paul?
"since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God
in truth" - "understood" is epiginosko in the Greek and
means "to know exactly", it comes from two root words which
mean "to come to know" and "upon or about". What
Paul is saying is that the Colossians came to know about the gospel
and fully accepted it by faith, giving them an intimate relationship
with Jesus Christ. They knew the gospel truth exactly!
V. 7 ** From whom had they learned it?
Epaphras - a truly faithful servant of Christ! He was most likely the
founder of the church at Colossae and was probably their pastor. Having
heard Paul preach in Ephesus, Epaphras returned to his Lycus valley
town of Colossae and spread the good news.
cf. Acts 19:8-10 (from last week)
** How do you suppose the Colossian readers felt about the way that Paul
describe his own feeling for Epaphras?
They had to be encourage and blessed to hear how much Paul loved their
pastor and considered him to be a fellow bond-servant of the apostle's,
as well as a faithful servant of Christ.
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