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15th September 2019

Colossians 1:1-8

A Better Understanding Of Jesus

We're In The Fruit Growing Business!


Introduction
Colossians’ written by Paul to church in Colossae
whilst he was imprisoned in Rome in c. 63AD

Church was planted & pastored by Epaphras who visited Paul in Rome 

Society played ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ with belief systems
End up with a mish-mash of nonsense
Paul writes to counter this problem

He focuses on the fruit they are bearing (v.2, 6)

 

“We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continually extend to all Christians.” 

verse 2 (Message Version)

 

1. Why Bear Fruit?, Colossians 1:2-4
(i) Because we’re set apart to do so, v.2
            Paul refers to Christians in Colossae as holy
            Often translated as ‘saint’
            Literally means to be set apart

            All Christians are saints – we’re all priests
            Set apart to grow fruit

 

(ii) For it’s outward evidence of inward faith, v.4
            Evidence of inward faith is outward love

            If we surrender to Jesus and we’re not changed there is

            something amiss

            WE are the Bible non-Christians read!
            So they need to see His fruit growing in us

 

(iii) It brings praise to God, v.3
            “We can’t quit thanking God….for you!”      

(Message Version)

            Paul directs his praise to God – so must we
            Our praise needs to head upwards before it heads outwards

 

2. How Bear Fruit?, Colossians 1:3-8
(i) By having a better understanding of Jesus, v.3
            Many false statements about Jesus
            Paul is clear – Jesus is the Son of God
            and salvation comes by faith in Christ

            When we truly grasp Christ’s love on the cross for us, it 

             compels us to bear fruit

 

(ii) Know Jesus through His Word (Bible), v.5
            The Bible is God’s truth to us
            
            Some mature Christians start to doubt word
            Because they can’t explain it they doubt it
            But it is the word of truth! 2 Tim 3:16

            “The message is as true today as when you first heard it.  It 

           doesn’t diminish or weaken over time,” v.5 (Msg Version)

 

(iii) By relying on the Holy Spirit, v.8
            “Epaphras told us how thoroughly love had been worked into 

            your lives by the Spirit.” 

            
            Galatians 5:22-23: Fruit of the Spirit
            When we give our hearts to Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to 

  dwell in our hearts

            Do we give the Holy Spirit free reign in us?  

 

(iv) By our passion and hunger for Jesus, v.6-7
“The message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has   in you.  From the very first day you heard and recognised the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more.  It’s as vigorous in you now as when you learned of it,” v.6-7 (Msg)

 

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” John 15:16