GORDO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
We are all in this together!
Colossians 4:2-6, 10-18
I decided to
take one more Sunday looking at what is being told to the church in Colossae.
Paul is reminding everyone as he ends his letter of the importance of prayer.
They are also encouraged to be both watchful and thankful. What do you suppose
it means to be watchful? I believe the church is being encouraged to stand firm
in what they have been led to believe. Do not let others deceive you. In fact,
in the earlier chapters, that very point was made. The Colossians, in others
words, are to be on guard. As was stated in Chapter 3, verse 15 we saw the
importance also of believers being thankful. Paul then gets personal reminding
the church of what he, as well as some others, are currently going through.
That their efforts to continue to proclaim the good news has been limited
because they are in prison. He reminds them to pray that he can continue to
share the message of Christ clearly, no matter what. Paul then gives advice on
how to share Christ with those who do not believe. They are then encouraged to
make the most of every opportunity. In other words, when God opens the
door, do not fail to go through it. While grace needs to be part of how you
share Christ, make sure you add some salt. Do not give a watered-down version
of the gospel. While grace is a key part of the approach, the truth of God’s
righteousness must also be a part. Then the church is encouraged to be able to
answer questions that may arise.
continue our look at Chapter 4, we did not read verses
7-9. Paul is
telling the people of whom is being sent the letter details about the ones coming. We pick things
up again with verse 10. Here Paul is still talking about some things that may
happen in the future and who will be involved. The list of those either
currently with Paul or those who have been with him continues for the next few
verses. Paul is sending a message to the Colossians about how much we need one
another. In verse 12 Paul mentions Epaphras. He says Epaphras is one of you. He
then tells how much Epaphras is praying for them. Epaphras’ love for the people
of Colossians is so strong it says he is wrestling in prayer for them. Why?
Because he wants them to stand firm and be victorious in their walk with Christ
and not be deceived. Do you and I wrestle over ones we love? Paul wants the
church in Colossae to understand just how much Epaphras is doing for them. Paul
then mentions others they clearly know or know about. Luke and Demas are also
two who want this church to know prayers are being lifted for them. Then they
are encouraged to share all they have read and heard with others. In fact, in
verse 16 they say, “After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also
read in the church of the Laodiceans and then read the letter they received as
well.” They close out this letter by making sure Archippus completes the work
the Lord gave him to do. Then Paul wants the church to know he personally wrote
this letter. Oh, by the way, remember I am in chains! He then says, with all
that going in in his life to the church, “Grace to you.” When we look at the
letter to the Colossians, we see honesty on display. Paul does not dwell on his
circumstances as much as he wants this church to be strong in the Lord. In
chapter 4 it is obvious Paul wants these churches to know how important every
single person is. After all, we are all in this together. And we are strongest
when we stand side by side together. That was the message of the church of
Colossae and Laodicea and it is the message for the churches in Cerro Gordo
today. Everyone working together can do great things. It was true then and it
is true today. That is the message Paul and Timothy wanted to leave with these
churches. And that is what God wants to leave with us today. Be prayerful, be
thankful, be faithful to God’s word and stand together. If the church does
that, we cannot be defeated. We will not be stopped from doing everything God
is calling us to do.
Tuesday 9:30 Bible Study
November 9 6:15 executive committee; 7:00 commissions; 7:30
November 13 Council Meeting immediately after worship
Package snacks are due.
November 27 Decorate sanctuary after soup lunch for all.
December 4 Christmas Vespers HERE
The women are taking orders for homemade candy again
this year. See the flyer on the bulletin board and give Chelle Shively or Nancy
Born Martin your orders. Pick up is on Dec. 3.
Hard copies of the November newsletter are in the
Offering plates are in the back of the sanctuary. Thank
you for your continued giving!
Donation Box: The Lord’s Storehouse
First Sundays: food donations for food banks
Pastor Larry Traxler- (217) 454-2362
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