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Colossians

Date: December 10, 2017

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Colossians

Scripture: Colossians 4:2–4:6

Tags: Prayer, Walk, Wisdom, Outsiders, Exhortations

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Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. -Colossians 4:2-6

  • Colossians 4:2-6
  • Final Exhortations

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

(Colossians 4:2, ESV)

At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—

(Colossians 4:3, ESV)

that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

(Colossians 4:4, ESV)

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

(Colossians 4:5, ESV)

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

(Colossians 4:6, ESV)

  • Main Point
  •  These verses provide final exhortations to the believers at Colossae
  •  They are encouraged to live lives of prayer, and to talk in wisdom
  •  The goal is that they would be able to provide an answer to those on the outside
  •  Prayer and focus on outsiders permeates
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer
    • A common theme in Paul’s writings is a call for prayer
    •  Prayer is a pivotal part of the Christian life
    •  In this text he uses the generic term for prayer
    •  Prayer can be used in a variety of ways
    •  We can talk to God about a variety of topics
    •  “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…” I Timothy 2:1
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer (2)
    •  Supplications: to humbly ask
    •  To petition to God on behalf of ourselves or others
    •  Whether it be a job interview, treatment, etc.
    •  Prayers: May reflect the Lord’s Prayer
    •  Desiring the will of God to be done
    •  To go to God not necessarily to ask, but to talk to the God who is there
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer (3)
    •  Intercession: Prayers we pray for each other and unbelievers
    •  When we pray to God on behalf of others
    •  When we pray for specific areas, asking that God not cast His judgment, we are interceding
    •  As we can see, we can do this for people or peoples
    •  Thanksgivings: When we simply give thanks to God for all He has accomplished
    •  For blessings, for prayers answered, for God bestowing His favor on us, all reasons to be thankful
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer (4)
    •  As Paul says, we should be praying continually, or steadfastly
    •  Why should we? Why is it important to do so?
    •  God knows what I am going to ask before I even ask it
    •  “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
    •  So what’s the purpose?
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer (5)
    •  The first is that prayer is transformative
    •  Whether by being drawn closer to God, or being reminded of who God is
    •  We open ourselves up to God when we pray
    •  This occurs because we focus on God
    •  Opening ourselves to knowing Him more
    •  It is a blessing to be able to focus on God in this way
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer (6)
    •  That leads to the second point
    •  God wants us to talk to Him
    •  Our God cares for us
    •  He wants His children to speak with Him about their concerns, or petition Him, or offer thanksgivings
    •  Because He is a God who can shoulder all these things, and He wants to
    •  Prayer reminds us of this
    •  It reminds us that God is a God who cares, and lovingly accepts our words, our joys, and even our tears
  • Application Points
  •  On Prayer (7)
    •  Knowing this, it seems prudent to pray continually!
    •  Pray steadfastly knowing that the God who is there hears us
    •  How wonderful to be able to go to the Lord in this way!
    •  How wonderful remembering that our God wants us to personally know Him
    •  Prayer allows us to do so
    •  Praise God for this!
  • Application Points
  •  Still Here
    • How many of you are still here?
    •  How many of you interact with the world?
    •  We’re still in this fallen world
    •  One of the greatest tensions in Scripture is that we have begun to be part of a kingdom which isn’t here yet
    •  None of us can expect to avoid the world
    •  As long as we are on the earth, the world will be there
  • Application Points
  •  Still Here (2)
    •  This teaches us that we are not called to simply put our heads in the sand
    •  We are called to engage and understand it, and provide an adequate response to it through the Gospel
    •  We do this in two ways…our lifestyles…and how we talk
    •  As we live our lives become a testimony to the truth of the Gospel
    •  If we try to hide this, then we no longer engage the world
    •  How will we able to answer if we are not engaged?
  • Application Points
  •  Still Here (3)
    •  Paul and Timothy do not expect the Colossians to go out and preach the Gospel and only the Gospel
    •  Paul and Timothy know that to engage the world around us we are going to need to be able to have conversations
    •  What did you think about this, or that? Etc.
    •  We can, and should, continue to have these conversations, and be gracious to unbelievers
    •  I can’t go up to an unbelieve and ask them what they think about predestination, or end times
  • Application Points
  •  Still Here (4)
    •  Instead, by being gracious we will talk to them in peace and kindness
    •  Praying that the doors would be open for the Word
    •  As time progresses you might find that door opened, and when it is opened, be prepared
    •  This also encourages us to keep our minds in a state of learning
    •  Our minds begin to be renewed by the Gospel
    •  We begin to want to learn more about Him and be able to represent Him clearly and accurately to those around us
  • Application Points
  •  Still Here (5)
    •  I find this to be the wonderful thing about the Word itself
    •  The Word expands and grows fruit
    •  Part of the fruit is that we can know God more and more, and leading us to talk about Him more and more, and live for Him more and more
    •  Faith leads to faithfulness
    •  So when the door for the Word is opened, it doesn’t require us to be anything more than faithful
    •  Our labor is in faith, faith that Christ will accomplished the redemption He started in us
    •  Faith that He can do so to others when that door is opened by God
  • Application Points
  •  Still Here (6)
    •  We’re still here
    •  We’re still in the world, but not of it
    •  Being here means we are to encounter it
    •  Be encouraged to engage it rather than run from it
    •  To not be araid, but to show grace in this graceless world, to be salt in all forms
    •  Walking in the wisdom of God for His glory, and for our benefit, and the benefit of the world around us
  • Application Points
  •  The Gospel of Christ
    •  Origins
    •  Fall
    •  Redemption
    •  Glorification