Colossians: Hold On To The Truth (Opposition)

Colossians 1:24-2:23
Paul was called to share the Gospel.
Paul was compelled to share the Gospel.
Paul was committed to sharing the Gospel.

Question: How great is your commitment to sharing the gospel?

Hold on to the Truth in the face of opposition.

Colossians 2:6 “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”

Colossians 2:16 …holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

Colossians: This is where hope begins

Colossians 1:1-23 (reference)

Biblical hope is the absolute assurance that God will do good to us now and for us in the future. It is the eager expectation of something sure.

Hope is THE CAUSE of faith and love within us.

“The problem is that professing Christians are spending ten minutes reading Scripture and then half their day making money and the other half loving and repairing what they spend it on.” ~John Piper

Colossians 1:5-6 “Of THIS you have heard before in the word of the truth, THE GOSPEL, which has come to you…”

Faith and love are THE EVIDENCE of hope within us.

THIS (the gospel) is where hope begins.

Raveled: peace and grace

Grace is undeserved kindness or unmerited favor. It’s when we get something good we don’t deserve.

Peace is a sense of tranquility and rest, wholeness and well-being. It stems from the word Shalom which refers to an inward sense of completeness or wholeness in all aspects of life.

2 Peter 1:2 May grace and peace be MULTIPLIED to you…

epiginosko = first-hand experiential knowledge of something.

We need to be growing in our knowledge of God.

We need to be growing in our knowledge of Jesus as Lord.

Matthew 7:21-23 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

What’s a next step you need to take to display grace, truth, love, mercy, or peace?