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1. Arriving, Never Arrived (Colossians 1:1-10)

January 3, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Bill Series: Colossians

Passage: Colossians 1:1–10

Discipleship Group Primer

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10] so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:1-10 ESV)

The Point:

Whether you've had a strong beginning or a rough start, we’ve never arrived, but are always arriving. We all need the gospel. We all need to grow in knowledge of God and in deepen in obedience to his Word. Commit to maturing in your faith as you surrender more and more to Jesus.

Quote:

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:8)

What's Your Next Step:

Take some time to look at this chart and think about where you are and what you need to do in order to get to the next stage in your spiritual journey.

Where are some ideas: