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Becoming Worthy

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Welcome to Church today! Today, we’re looking at what it means to be a Christian, and to live a life that’s worthy of God!
Paul wrote this letter to a young church in Colossae, (modern South West Turkey) while he was in prison in Rome. He says “the gospel … is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world”. God wants this gospel growth to continue.

However, there were some strange ideas going around and the letter is Paul’s response to them. The exact problem isn’t spelt out, but it seems there was a new “spiritual” teaching that had sprung up. The new teaching was in fact not “from Christ”, and took the focus off salvation in him. Paul wrote this letter to unite the Church by bringing it back to the truth of the Gospel.

A true Christian has Faith in Christ, Love for all of God’s people and a Hope for eternal life in heaven. The True Faith is one that recognises the True Gospel that God’s Grace is revealed to us in Jesus, and seeks to obey Jesus.

But what is the truth? God has revealed his truth to us in the Bible. There is only one way to heaven. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 146

How then do we know what God’s will is? Pray! God is pleased when his people seek to know what he wants them to do!

One of the key things is to “grow in the knowledge of God.”

          Colossians 11-14

NRS Colossians 11 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7 This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

Christian Faith = Trust + Obedience. A true faith requires both aspects. If we don’t seek to obey Christ, our faith isn’t true.

Love: Jesus said “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

Hope: Is the expectation through faith of receiving eternal life in heaven through the gift of being rescued by Jesus.

Grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Grace is recognising that we don’t deserve eternal life, or the rich blessings of God in this life, and understanding that while we were living as enemies of God, Christ died on the cross for our sins.