Signs of Life

Pastor Jonathan starts the series on Colossians: Rooted in the Faith, with this week’s sermon “Signs of Life” from Colossians 1:1-8.

Colossians 1:1-8 (ESV)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

A true church is marked by certain defining characteristics.

  • A true church is marked by faith in Christ Jesus.
  • A true church is marked by love for the saints.
  • A true church is marked by a secure hope.
  • A true church bears the fruit of the gospel.
  • A true church is served by faithful ministers.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What are some things you use every day that you have faith in (like a chair, you trust they will do what they are supposed to do)?
  • What are some things we can do that shows we have faith in God? Why?
  • What can your family do to show love to someone in the church?
  • How do you see the fruit of the gospel in our church? In your family?