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Week Four // Colossians 4 (NIV)

1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know

that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us,

too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim

the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it

clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the

most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace,

seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Final Greetings

7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful

minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the

express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he

may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and

dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening

here.

10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the

cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes

to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings.

These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and

they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a

servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for

you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13

I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and

Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15

Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha

and the church in her house.

16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church

of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received

in the Lord.”

18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace

be with you.

 


For these three questions, use a journal to write down your answers.


1. Verses 3-4 are an invitation to pray for Paul and other church leaders. Take

a moment and write a prayer to intercede on behalf of your church leaders.


2. Paul continues to instruct the Colossians on how they should act toward

those who are not followers of Jesus. What part of his instruction are you

best at? What areas could you grow in?


3. Paul closes his letter with what we call “shout outs.” If you were writing

a letter that included a list of people you do life with who encourage you in

your faith, who would you mention and what would you write about them?

(Think about pastors, preachers, and teachers you’ve learned from, friends

and family who have prayed for you, people in your community, leaders you

admire, and ministries you support).



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