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Thanks for the Evidence of Faith (Colossians 1:3-8)

March 11, 2010

Sunday School Lesson

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints. For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. — Colossians 1:3-8

We give thanks

  • only one letter where he does not give thanks (Galatians)
  • To God and Father
    • The
    • Of Lord Jesus Christ
      • Our

How: (do you give thanks?)

  • Praying
    • Always
    • For you

Why: (something in them)

  • Since we heard
    • Of faith (conversion) – God
      • In Christ (sphere – whole, no more needed)
    • And of love – others
      • The
      • Ye have
        • To saints
          • All – not just a few
          • The

— John 13:35

– faith and love brings thanks to leadership

Why: (something outside them)

  • For the hope – this is foundational to faith and love – it is the reason you can have faith and love one another
    • In heaven
    • From the gospel
      • Truth
      • Come to you – as the world
      • Brings fruit – as in you
        • Since you heard – faith by hearing
        • And knew (grace in truth) – you must know in order to grow
          • Personal experience
          • Intellectual apprehension
          • Also learned from Epaphras
            • Our fellow servant
            • Your faithful minister
              • Declared your love

Concluding thoughts:

  • Faith, Love and Hope – six times by Paul, also Hebrews 6:10-12; and 1 Peter 1:21-22
    • Faith rests in the past
    • Love acts in the present
    • Hope presses toward the future
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