Monday, November 05, 2012

Epaphras: A Model of Christian Ministry (Colossians 1:1-7; 4:12-23)

(Audio)

This past Lord's Day, we were so blessed to have Wes & Beth with us, dear missionary friends serving the Lord abroad who have deep ties to our church family. Wes proclaimed a powerful and challenging message, enhanced by a testimony from Beth, about the man named Epaphras that we meet in the book of Colossians.

His outline for the message is as follows:

I. We have a responsibility to be teachers of God's Word (1:7)
"You learned it from Epaphras"

II. We have a responsibility to be team players (1:7)
"Our dear fellow servant"

III. We have a responsibility to be faithful (1:7)
"a faithful minister of Christ"

IV. We have a responsibility to reach out to the people around us (4:12)
"Epaphras, who is one of you"

V. We have a responsibility to be people of prayer (4:12)
"always wrestling in prayer for you"

VI. We have a responsibility to have a missions vision that begins at home and extends to the nations (4:13)
"working hard for you, and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis"




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