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Sermon Series: Colossians

Dear Church,
 
This Sunday we are going to start a four-week series in the letter that Paul wrote to the Colossian church. First, I want to ask you to be praying because there will be a very clear presentation of the gospel and my desire is that one, some, or many will receive Jesus as their Savior.
That being said, I met someone new in Colossians 1. His name is Epaphras. We aren’t really going to talk about him Sunday but he was one of the early church’s first multipliers. Paul writes that the Colossian church learned of God’s grace through Epaphras. Wait a minute! I thought Paul did that. Nope.
We might think of Paul as the guy who did it all but he didn’t. There were so many others that he trained to share the gospel, teach others, and to be disciples who would make disciples. Paul didn’t lead the Colossian church. Epaphras did.
The Vision to Multiply is a vision for a congregation full of Epaphras. I want to raise up people who would use their gifts to help others grow closer to Jesus. Yes, I’m the pastor, but people don’t need to come to me or even a worship service. They need to learn of God’s grace through you-the person who already has a relationship with them.
Paul writes in Colossians 1:6, “In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world-just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” Let’s pray that God will show us how to be part of this world-touching, fruit-bearing, gospel-proclaiming movement that will grow the kingdom for the glory of God.

In Him,
Pastor Tim