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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Six

V.27 (cont'd.)

** Did you notice Who's will it was that we Gentiles would come to understand the richness of the gospel?

It was God who willed us into His kingdom, is it any wonder that we would be driven to serve Him!

V.28 ** 6. Style - Having seen our glorious Lord and His salvation as the subject of our ministry, let's move on to the style. What two words characterize the style of our Christian ministry, if it is to be a Biblical one?

A. Admonish - to warn (Romans 15:14, Colossians 3:16)
B. Teaching - to instruct (2Timothy 3:16-17)
(with all wisdom, to apply the Biblical truth cf. Colossians 2:2-3)

** 7. Sum - As we exercise our spiritual gift in serving one another - to what end are we doing that? What is the goal or "sum" of Christian ministry?

To "...present every man Complete in Christ". cf. Ephesians 4:12-13, 15 and 2Peter 3:18

V.29 ** 8. Strength - This brings us to the final element in Christian ministry. With such a huge job before us, how do we do it? From where does the strength come?

It is "strength" according to His power! Unlimited!

** Since the strength for Christian ministry comes from God (who called us to serve Him in the first place), do we just lay back and say "I don't have to work at this, God will do whatever He wants with me?"

Absolutely not! Paul said he labored and strived.
The word translated "striving" here is agonizomai and refers to someone competing as an athlete. Our English word agonize is derived from this word.

** As we strive to serve our wonderful Lord, where does His power reside?

Amazingly, in us! cf. Philippians 4:13

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