Encouraging one another

Read Colossians 3: 15-17

Background: Paul was writing to the church in Colossae because there were false doctrines floating around about:

  1. The need to  convert people to Judaism before they could become Christians
  2. Worship of Angels
  3. Following astrological signs and teachings 

Paul was writing this letter to refocus the Christians on Jesus and Jesus as the Head of the Church. He also was reminding them that we are family in Christ and should encourage one another.

Paul was calling the Christians to live in peace, to bear with each other, to forgive each other and to encourage each other with singing hymns and reading scriptures together. 

On this Sunday, several of us either read scriptures, sang songs or shared encouraging thoughts with each other as follows:

Read Psalm 100

Remember God is faithful and we should tell others about it!

Take a moment to sing Silent Night to remember Jesus brings peace to our hearts.

Take a moment to encourage someone in your household by saying how grateful you are for them.

Read Genesis 12:1-3

Reflect on the 5 promises made to Abram here. God kept his promises through time. If we are in Jesus we will receive these promises too!

God promised to make Abram’s name Great, to bless Abram with offspring, to bless those that bless him and to curse those that curse him. All people would be blessed through Abram.

Read Psalm 1:1-6

Remaining in God makes us effective for others.

Some History: Clement from 90 AD wrote that we should think of Jesus like we think of God and to not think it is a small thing to have salvation.

Read Galatians 1:1-12

Remember, Paul became unstoppable after his interaction with Jesus. His goal was to live to please God, not men. 

Read 1 Cor 3:5-9

Paul regarded himself as a servant to others. What a great example!

Read Hebrews 10: 1-23

Remember, God is faithful to the end. He gave the final and ultimate sacrifice in order to have a relationship with us. 

Read Colossians 3:22-25

Remember to work like you are working for God and not for our human leaders. 

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