Paul and Friends (II) (Colossians 4:12-18)
Paul’s final words reveal helpful, healthy, dynamics between ministers, congregations, and ministry priorities.
I. There is an accountability between the congregation and it’s ministers.
II. Prayer for the congregation is a priority for ministers.
III. Ministers are in need of perserverance just like the congregation.
IV. The mission of the church goes forward through partnerships.
V. The Word of God must be central in the life of the Church
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12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. (ESV)