Although our text on Sunday (Colossians 4:7-9) was written thousands of years ago and focuses on two men we know little about, all of God's Word is inspired by God and useful for our daily lives. We learned from Tychicus and Onesimus how the gospel changes our identity and our relationships to each other. The gospel makes us family, engages us in ministry, unites us under Christ, and
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PREPARING TO HEAR
We are nearing the end of Colossians this week as JD will preach 4:10-17. These verses list the names of many first century Christians, and as was true of Tychicus and Onesimus, so also there is much to learn from their lives and from Paul's relationship with them. In order to prepare for Sunday, read the text and consider the following questions:
- Why is it important that Paul has only a few companions "of the circumcision"?
- Read Acts 13:13 and 15:36-40. What is the background of Paul's relationship with Mark?
- Read 2 Timothy 4:9. How is Demas described in this letter, which was written after Colossians?
- How is Epaphras described by Paul?
- How is the supremacy of Christ evident in these verses?
Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.