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  1. Welcome to Flushing Bible Church The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

  2. ColossiansChrist is Sufficient Being Thankful for the Word of Truth Colossians 1:3-8

  3. Colossians • Written by Paul • Written to believers in Colossae • Written from Rome • Written in 61 AD • Written because of the Colossian heresy • Written to show the supremacy of Christ

  4. Paul and Timothy: Partners in Grace • What is an Apostle? • Who was Timothy? • What is Grace? • What is the result of Grace received?

  5. Being Thankful for the Word of Truth • Paul’s thankful heart, vv 3-5a • Faith, love and hope • The word of truth, the gospel, v 5b • The essentials of the gospel • The universal impact of the gospel, vv 6-8 • Constant fruit bearing, and the eternal nature of love

  6. Paul’s thankful heart, v 3 • A present state of thankfulness, v 3a • Paul in Rome, under the threat of death • Lack of thankfulness is a step towards sin, Rom 1:21 • Believers are blessed with every spiritual blessing, no matter our circumstances • Our hope is in the Lord, not our circumstances • Praying always for you, v 3b • Continuous participle, it is an ongoing action • Pray to the Father

  7. Paul’s thankful heart, vv 4-5a • Faith, love and hope: the trilogy of virtue Dr. Norman Geisler • Faith: our source of righteousness, Rom 1:16-17 • Bible definition: Hebrews 11:1 • Love for all the saints • The primary trait of a Believer, 1 John 4:7 • God is the source of our love • Love of God is the bond between Believers, John 13:34-5 • Hope is being continually laid up in heaven • We look forward to (hope for) His coming again, John 14:1-3, Titus 2:11-14

  8. The word of truth, v 5b • The Gospel: the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, 1 Cor 15:3-4 • Not just believing historical facts, but the reason behind them, Hebrews 9:22 • The necessity of the Gospel, 1 Cor 15:16-19 • The importance of loving others • Included in the “word of truth” • We will be judged on how we lived and loved others, 1 Cor 3, Romans 14:10

  9. The universal impact of the gospel, v 6 • Spread through the whole world • Paul in Ephesus: all of Asia • Roman Empire stretched to Britain, 61 AD • Constantly bearing fruit • God’s word does not return void, Isaiah 55:11 • The process of salvation, v 6b • Hearing • Understanding • Believing, i.e. faith • Grace of God in truth is for all people • “… just as in all the world…”

  10. The universal impact of the gospel • Two aspects of the gospel, v 7 • Hearing, understanding and faith for salvation • Hearing, understanding and faith for sanctification • All false religions teach works based salvation • Only Biblical Christianity teaches faith for salvation and sanctification. • Leave out the word, and we revert to works… or guilt. • Walk the same way we received Him, Col 2:6-7 • Firmly rooted, built up, established in our faith • Overflow with gratitude

  11. The Spiritual Cycle: Isaiah 55:10-11

  12. The universal impact of the gospel • They learned it from Epaphras • Beloved fellow slave • Servant of Christ, represents Christ to others • Full circle back to love, the premier virtue • We need faith in the past and present • Hope is the source of our present strength • Only love is eternal, 1 Cor 13:13

  13. Being Thankful for the Word of Truth • Paul’s thankful heart, vv 3-5a • Faith, love and hope • The word of truth, the gospel, v 5b • The essentials of the gospel • The universal impact of the gospel, vv 6-8 • Constant fruit bearing, and the eternal nature of love