We know we should pray. We might get confused about how we should pray. But the Lord Jesus gave a pattern to go by that can focus our prayer in order to honor God. Let this message from Matthew 6:9-13 speak to your heart and motivate your prayers.
Starting a new sermon series on how our theology affects "real life," we begin with the subject of worship. What you do is based on what you believe. Does what you believe about God affect the way you celebrate Him in praise, or change the way you live? This sermon will challenge you to make worship a part of every decision.
The circumstances in Jerusalem in 520 BC were tough, like today. The people were distracted by all the hardship . . . like today. And they were less than faithful, like too many in the current climate. BUt God called them to a new level of obedience, and promised a greater level of blessing for those who would consider their ways and repent.
In Colossians 4:7-14 Paul writes about a cast of character who play a supporting role in the work of the ministry. He commends many for their faithful service, but a further look reveals that not each one remained faithful. May God use this message to encourage us to give our best to the Lead Actor, in the drama of redemption, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In Colossians chapter four, verses 2-6, the apostle gave a command about prayer and a special request for how the church at Colossae could pray for him. IN the final verses of the passage he illustrated how out prayer life and desire to carry forth the gospel are to work together in the work of the ministry.
Paul addressed the need for holy living in the congregation in Colossians 3:5-11. He said there is behavior that needs to be mortified . . . literally- terminated because of death . . . that has no place in the believer. Listen to hear the list of what Paul says needs to be "put to death" and "put off." Then, do an inventory in your behavior. Need a clean-up day?
Colossians 1:24-29 teaches the believer that there are several things included in our experience with Christ. Because of our faith, we are placed into the body of Christ, the Church, becoming one with others who have trusted Jesus. Our journey may include suffering. And it should include teaching others with wisdom, the truths of God. How can we do this? God provides all the power necessary!