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Captivated By Christ: The Eternal Joy of Ministry!

Updated: Jul 12

Captivated by Christ

Colossians: Part 2

The Eternal Joy of Ministry!


Phil. 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.


Key Thoughts: In the heart of every believer should be the eternal joy of doing ministry for Christ’s glory! 


Application: What is keeping you from serving? Are you viewing ministry as a task, or something gratifying? 



Scripture Colossians 1:24-29

"24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me."

Our Suffering Complete’s Christ’s Suffering (24-25)

"24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,"


2 Cor. 11:23b far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches."


Gal 6:17b for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.


Our Suffering Reaches the Nations (26-27)

"26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."


Our Suffering Makes Disciples (25b,28-29)

"25b to make the word of God fully known,

28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me."


SO WHAT?


Our Suffering is Our Joy (24a)

"24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,"

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