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1 Complete in Christ Christ Centred Friendships Colossians 4:10-18

2 Complete in Christ 1. Promoting the Gospel through Christ Centred Friendships The Gospel is…  The entire story of Jesus  1 Corinthians 15:3ff “…Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day”

3 Complete in Christ 1. Promoting the Gospel through Christ Centred Friendships Colossians 4: My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.

4 Complete in Christ 1. Promoting the Gospel through Christ Centred Friendships Colossians 4: Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.

5 Complete in Christ 1. Promoting the Gospel through Christ Centred Friendships 3 Jewish believers Aristarchus, Mark, Jesus called Justus 3 Gentile believers Epaphras, Luke, Demas “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Matthew 9:10

6 Complete in Christ 2. Promoting the Gospel by Going Life of Aristarchus Macedonian mainly associated with Thessalonica (Acts 27:2) One of Pauls travel companions (Acts 20:4) Seized by the people during the riot in Ephesus (Acts 19:29)

7 Complete in Christ 2. Promoting the Gospel by Going Life of Aristarchus Willingly risked his life in that Ephesian riot (Acts 19:28–41) He accompanied Paul on the Dangerous sea voyage which actually records the shipwreck in chapter 28 (Acts 27:2ff) From Rome he is sending greetings to the Colossians and to Philemon

8 Complete in Christ 2. Promoting the Gospel by Going Jesus called Justus (Aristarchus and Mark) Colossians 4:11 These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.

9 Complete in Christ 3. Promoting the Gospel in Prayer Epaphras  ‘Slave’ of Christ  Wrestled in prayer so that:  To stand firm  Mature  Fully assured

10 Complete in Christ 3. Promoting the Gospel in Prayer Colossians 4:13 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. “Praying that costs nothing accomplishes nothing.” John H. Jowett

11 Complete in Christ Build into your life Christ-centred friendships that promote the gospel

12 Complete in Christ 4. Promoting the Gospel through your Marketplace Ministry Luke  Author of 3 rd gospel & Acts  Educated man, esteemed, Man of influence, honoured  Invested all of it in the Kingdom of God

13 Complete in Christ 5. Promoting the Gospel by Living it out to the End Mark CC ousin of Barnabas “You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him” (4:10) AA cts 15 – sharp disagreement between Barnabas and Paul over Mark  M ark, my son (1Peter 5:13)

14 Complete in Christ 5. Promoting the Gospel by Living it out to the End Mark Co-Writer of the 2nd Gospel Mark was very useful to Paul in his ministry (2Tim 4:11) Mark about to make a trip to Asia minor without Paul Young man (like Titus and Timothy) who served as a special representative for the Apostle Paul

15 Complete in Christ 5. Promoting the Gospel by Living it out to the End Demas Philemon 1:24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. Colossians 4:14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 2 Timothy 4:10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.

16 Complete in Christ 5. Promoting the Gospel by Living it out to the End Demas Lover of the world (1John 2:15-17) ‘The cravings of sinful man…’ – the world entices the believer ‘The lust of his eyes…’ – what he doesn’t have ‘Boasting of what he has and does…’ - the pride of life”

17 Complete in Christ

18 6. Promoting the Gospel through an Unwavering Commitment to the Local Church Colossians 4: Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” 18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

19 Complete in Christ Build into your life Christ-centred friendships that promote the gospel

20 1. GO 2. PRAYER 3. MARKETPLACE MINISTRY 4. LIVE IT OUT 5. LOCAL CHURCH

21 Complete in Christ “Lord, help us to live as those who are complete in Christ.”


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