|Staying in the Word|
Chapter One, Lesson Two
LEARNING TO SERVE Page
** While these loving observations by Paul must have reaffirmed the character of Epaphras to the Colossian church, they also give us a good insight as to what else the Colossians learned from Epaphras beyond the message of the gospel. What do you suppose they were learning from the life of their pastor?
** We would do well to follow this Biblical pattern. If our's is a claim to new life in Christ; out of loving appreciation for all the Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, we should be "Learning to Serve" each day that He grants us to live here on earth for His glory. Where do you find your own heart on this issue? Is it a bother to serve the One who alone has secured your eternal life in glory?
V. 8 ** Did Epaphras go to Paul in Rome to get a promotion or to look good before the famous apostle? (Remember, this was a trip of over 1000 miles!)
** What did he report to Paul concerning their faith?
** If Epaphras wanted to reassure Paul of the Colossians faith, why did he choose to tell him of their love?