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3. Fully Mature in Christ Colossians 1:24 – 2:7 (p. 1089) P a u l ’ s L e t t e r t o t h e C h u r c h i n C o l o s s e.

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2 3. Fully Mature in Christ Colossians 1:24 – 2:7 (p. 1089) P a u l ’ s L e t t e r t o t h e C h u r c h i n C o l o s s e

3 Demands on our time & attention  An eventful week internationally & locally  Hard to know how to respond to so many demands  Its a never ending cycle  Always too many demands / opportunities – Have to choose  A Question of PRIORITIES –  Absolute: Set by God’s wisdom & purposes for everyone  Contextual/Personal: God’s specific call for us.

4 Priority 1: Willing to work & suffer  “I rejoice in what I am suffering” (v 24)  “Know how hard I am contending for you” (v 1)  Concern for all the churches (2 Cor 11:28)  Right Attitude: Not seeking suffering faithful no matter the opposition or obstacles.

5 Priority 2: Everyone fully Mature in Christ  “So that” (v 28)...  we may present everyone fully mature in Christ  “To this end I strenuously contend (v 29)...  with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me”  Do our part – The Holy Spirit does the rest (1 Cor 3:5-9)

6 Priority 3: Live your lives in Him  “My Goal” (v 2)  Be encouraged in Heart  Be United in Love  Full riches of complete understanding of the mystery of Christ

7 Priority 3: Live your lives in Him...  “My Delight” (v 5)  How disciplined you are  How firm your faith in Christ is  “Continue” – (V 6)  Rooted and built up in Him (v 7)  Strengthened in the faith as you were taught  Overflowing with thankfulness

8 A. Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions ??  “I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions” (v 24) 1.Faithful Israel perseveres through suffering to be a light to the nations (Isa / 49:1-7) 2.Faithful Israel turns out to be one person – Jesus (Isa 53)

9 A. Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions After the suffering servant restores “Israel” (the church) it continues to suffer to bring in the new kingdom. 4. God has set a limit on the amount of suffering he will allow (Mark 13:19-20). 5. When the “amount” is full, time ends & Christ returns

10 A. Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions...  Paul is “happy” to take on extra “tribulation” himself  If it will mean others have to face less.  If it will speed Christ’s return.  What a great attitude!  Paul was focussed & would not be distracted (Phil 3:12-21)

11 Priorities - 1.Willing to work and suffer for Christ 2.Everyone fully mature in Christ 3.Living our lives “In Him”

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