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Weekly Sermon - 10 Sep 17                                 

Praise and prayer
(Colossians 3:17)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(55 minutes)
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Introduction

1.   Paul in Prison

2.   Paul in Praise

3.   Paul in Prayer

.     Conclusion

1. Paul in Prison

.     Col. 1:24 "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:"

.     Col. 4:18 "The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen."

.     Colossians 1:3 "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,"

.     Praise and Prayer - A Good combination!

.     Paul was in prison in Rome when he did that...was a most exceptional attitude!

.     Col. 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,"

.     Paul recognizes that not only his calling is God's will, his sufferings too.

.     Nothing happens by chance but within God's will;

.     Learning to accept and submit to His sovereign will and order of things in life.

.     Col 1:2 "To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

.     He pronounces God's benediction upon the people of God.

.     He wishes them well in body and in spirit for they are in Christ.

2. Paul in Praise (v.3-8)

.     Colossians 1:4-5 "Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;"

.     Note these 3 principal graces in the Christian life as results of the gospel.

.     They are matters for praise and thanksgiving.

.     Colossians 1:6 "Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:"

.     The effects of the gospel in the lives of the hearers;

.     They are no longer barren or bearing corrupt fruits but good fruits to God's praise.

3. Paul in Prayer (v.9-12)

.     Colossians 1:3 "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,"

.     Colossians 1:9 "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;"

.     V.9 "...that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;"

.     "Some persons study to know, only to know, that is curiosity; others endeavour to know only to make themselves known, this is vain-glory: But to know, that we may practise what we know, this is gospel duty." ~ William Burkitt ~

.     Colossians 1:10  "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;"

.     The true end of knowledge is practical obedience.

.     One way we are to walk worthy of the Lord is when we please Him.

Conclusion

.     Colossians 1:11 "Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;"

.     On our own for we will fail miserably;

.     But God Himself will give us the ability and possibility to bear up;

.     Not by any human means, but all by the power of God!

 

 

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