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Particulars – Private and Public (Colossians 4:2-6)

August 11, 2010

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Particulars – Private and Public

v     Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

  • Continuance (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • Watchfulness
  • Thankfulness
    • Praying is not thanksgiving, but it is often (always) offered with thanksgiving
  • Intercession
    • Also
    • Pray for others – Paul asks for prayer for his work
    • Specifically (not shotgun style)
      • God open a door for the Word
    • Manifest – Paul needs help making the gospel clear

v     Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

  • Walk – constant, not instant
  • Wisdom
    • Wise as serpents, harmless as doves
    • Do not antagonize the world
    • Hardly a man has been argued into faith
  • Without
    • God
    • Christ
    • Hope
    • Joy or power
  • Earnestness
    • Buying up opportunities
    • On the outlook
    • Never know when “the sale is over”
    • Not just living silently

v     Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

  • Grace
    • Winsomeness
    • Attractiveness
  • Salt
    • Tasteful
    • Effective
  • Answer every man
    • Church members do this
    • Must be prepared
    • Must know the Word
    • Must know how to salt the Word
    • Every man is not the same!
      • Not stiff, wooden explanations
      • There’s only one way to be saved
      • There are many ways to proclaim and explain the gospel.
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