Sunday, April 9, 2017

“We Proclaim Him” (Part 2)

Colossians 1:13-29

Paul is sharing that those of us who have received Christ are blessed beyond measure because we know God’s plan and the purpose of Christ’s death. We know the mystery. The knowledge of the mysterion or the gospel brings the responsibility to share it with others. Paul reviewed this plan with the Colossians.

The Mysterion – God’s Eternal Plan of Salvation
· This Secret in you is an Ancient One.
· This Secret in you is now a Revealed One.
· This Secret in you is a Transforming One.
Our salvation is inside-out, not outside-in.

I. The Program of Evangelism - v.28a-c
A. Preaching - "we proclaim Him"
Salvation is in a person, not a message.
B. Warning - "admonishing every man"
The gospel shared without urgency is not fully understood.
C. Instructing - "teaching ...with all wisdom"
The truth about God is deep and requires growing into understanding.
II. The Purpose of Evangelism - v.20-22, 28d;
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
A. Reconciliation with God - v.20-22
Without the "word of reconciliation," one could neither know of reconciliation nor attain it.
The apostles were the "ambassadors for Christ," 2 Corinthians 5:20
B. Discipleship in Christ - v.28d
III. The Power for Evangelism - v.29A. Man’s intense labor v.29a
B. God's effective energy v.29b
Powerful evangelism is merely sharing the Good News
about Jesus and His gift with enthusiasm and wisdom.

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