Putting Christ Back In Christianity – Part 8 (Conclusion)

“PUTTING CHRIST BACK IN CHRISTIANITY” [Part 8]

 Conclusion (Colossians 4:2-18)

I. PRAY (4:2-4).

  1. Devote yourselves to prayer (v. 2; see also 1:3, 9; 4:12).
    1. Prayer is needed to give Christ preeminence.
    2. Include lots of thanksgiving (1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15, 17; 4:2).
    3. More thanksgiving – more answered prayer!
  2. Pray for us (vv. 3-4).
    1. For open doors to share Christ with others (v. 3a).
    2. This is why Paul was in prison as he writes (v. 3b).
    3. To be empowered to speak the message clearly (v. 4).
  3. Pray for me! Pray for Jubilee!

II. WALK IN WISDOM (4:5-6).

  1. We’re called to live wisely in how we relate to non-Christians (v. 5a; 2Cor. 8:21; 1Thess. 4:12; Phil. 2:4).
  2. Make the most of every opportunity (v. 5b).
  3. Are you using your time wisely – including prayer, God’s work and engaging non-Christians?
  4. Make sure your words are full of grace (non-judgmental) and seasoned with salt (of kingdom substance) (v. 6).
  5. In this way we can give appropriate responses (v. 6c).

III. CLOSING GREETINGS (4:7-15).

  1. Paul brings greetings from members of his ministry team and brings greetings to several people and groups.
  2. You may not be able to be an apostle Paul, but you can be an Epaphras – one of them, zeal for them, brought them the gospel, fervently prayed for them (1:6-7; 4:12-13).

IV. CLOSING SALUTATION (4:16-18).

  1. Signed, “Paul”. Don’t forget about me, especially in your prayers. Grace be with you (1:2). Amen. So be it (v. 18).
    1. Paul didn’t do ministry alone!
    2. We’re created for community!

CONCLUSION: Let’s put Christ back in Christianity and give Christ preeminence – 1st place – in everything! Pray. Walk in wisdom. Be an Epaphras! Fulfill your ministry.