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in and around Kings Lynn, West Norfolk

Paul’s two-fold mission

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5th Oct, 2019 Day 278

Col 1:24-2:5

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Paul's 2-fold missionPaul’s two-fold mission is to:

  1. Make the word of God fully known.
  2. Present everyone mature in Christ.

He is rejoicing in the pain of ministry because people are grasping the gospel – “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. The gospel means that we don’t need to strive to be acceptable to God anymore – the Father has accepted us and made us saints and sons because of Jesus who is in us – dwelling in our hearts by faith through the Spirit. That indwelling relationship with God means we have a hope far greater than hoping the weather will be okay and that it won’t rain before we get the washing in! Hope in Christianity is not a vague wish, but it is certain and sure – we will share in the glory of God – the Spirit guarantees it.

Paul wants to present us mature in Christ – which requires warning and teaching, v.28.

The beginning of chapter 2 begins to unveil some of what that maturity in Christ looks like:

Encouraged hearts – hearts that have courage in them, to live counter-cultural lives, not swept along by what the world thinks is right or cool.

Knitted together in love – maturity is getting on with people, knitted together even though we are vastly different.

Full assurance reached – some of the early Calvinists fully believed that a Christian is eternally secure, but then were wracked with doubt about whether they were saved. Maturity means full assurance, v.2 – knowing that it is all of Christ and nothing of us. Knowing that God who began a good work will carry it on to completion, Philippians 1:6.

Knowledge of the mystery – there were lots of weird mystery religions around in Paul’s day. A mystery is something that has been hidden. God’s plan for the world was therefore a mystery in old covenant times, but now God has revealed a gospel that brings Jew and Gentile to Himself.

Not being deluded by nonsense and heresy – Paul rejoices that the Colossians are firm in the faith, not swayed by the latest paperback or YouTube video.

Andy Moyle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - ANDY MOYLE

Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin