Colossians 4:7-18 Part 4

“And then you begin to learn, all believers not only affect their own personal lives, but affect everybody around them.  If you have children, your decision making affects your children.  Decision making and the life that you live affects neighbors, and friends, and family.  What we do and the decisions we make affect the the body of Christ.  But in the natural, in the human, we don’t care.  We are so self-centered, we don’t even think about that.  We don’t understand the grief and the hardship it brings to the body of Christ.”

This Friday’s Featured Study comes from our 2014 series in Colossians.

Colossians chapters 3 and 4 presents seven applications of The Principles of the Christian Life.  In chapter 4:7-14 we have the seventh application – Interaction with Others.

Paul is showing examples of believers and their interactions – they are not interacting as fellow church members.  He presents there is a living interaction in Christ among believers that is not limited to Sundays but goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In this specific message, we study Epaphras, the fourth person Paul is presenting and the pastor of the church at Colossi.  To those in ministry, Epaphras is the prime example of what is means to be a pastor or leader.  To all believers, he is the example of what it means to be a slave of Christ for we are all slaves of Christ.  Christ is the Master and we are involved in the Master’s business.

Paul makes the case that everyone around us is affected by everything that we do and every decision that we make.  We will either be a spiritual blessing to them or a burden.