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Who wrote it? The Apostle Paul and his disciple Timothy When was it written? 62AD – when Paul was in prison in Rome Who was it written to? The church.

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2 Who wrote it? The Apostle Paul and his disciple Timothy When was it written? 62AD – when Paul was in prison in Rome Who was it written to? The church in a town called Colossae Planted by a man called Epaphras

3 Why was it written? To combat theological errors in the church What’s it about? It’s about Jesus!

4 Jesus Centred Thinking Steve Petch 15 th June 2014

5 V9: “we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will” V10: “so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” We need to know God’s will so that we can live a life that pleases him!

6 When we know God’s will we can live a life that pleases him … … with our skills and gifting “Bearing fruit in every good work” (v10) What skills and abilities do you have? How do you use them to please God?

7 When we know God’s will we can live a life that pleases him … … with our knowledge of God “increasing in the knowledge of God” (v10) How are you growing in your knowledge of God at the moment?

8 When we know God’s will we can live a life that pleases him … … with our character “… endurance … patience … joy … thankfulness” (v ) What areas of your character is God working on at the moment?

9 When we know God’s will we can live a life that pleases him … … with our skills and gifting … with our knowledge of God … with our character

10 Twitter or Ecclesiastes “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles” “Don’t say, ‘Why were the old days better than now.’ It’s not wise” “No matter how much you try to hold on to something, it will all be gone” Twitter Ecc 7 v 10 Twitter

11 Twitter or Ecclesiastes “A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life!” “Even foul water will put out a fire!” “Light is sweet, it pleases the eyes to see the sun!” Twitter Ecc 11v7

12 Twitter or Ecclesiastes “Be quick to do good. If you are slow, the mind, delighting in mischief, will catch you” “It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it” “Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth” Twitter Ecc 5v5 Twitter

13 Twitter or Ecclesiastes “The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give” “Even a live dog is better off than a dead lion” “If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the snake charmer” Twitter Ecc 9v4 Ecc 10v11

14 How do you make the big decisions in life? A list of pros and cons? Ask: “What will make me most wealthy/comfortable/happy/fulfilled? Look at what other people have done? Toss a coin?

15 How do you make the big decisions in life? What is God saying about it?

16 How can we seek God’s will for our life? The Bible Prayer Prophecy/words of knowledge Other believers Pastoral leadership Internal witness of the Holy Spirit

17 God is not unknowable!

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