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FAITHFUL (week 3): Watch for the Wool (Contemporary Gathering)

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. 2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Colossians 1:24-2:5 ESV

Paul’s Task

 To make the word of God fully known.


Paul’s Goal

 To present everyone mature in Christ.


Paul’s Caution

 Let no one delude you with plausible arguments.


Three Steps

[1] Ask for wisdom and practice discernment.

  •  What is the origination or source?
  •  Is there a history of this “potentially heretical” teaching?
  •  What is the opinion of a trusted source?
  •  How do the Scriptures interpret or speak into this issue?

 [2] Look for and observe the fruit.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Matthew 7:15-20 ESV

[3] Locate the mission and glory of God. 

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17 ESV




Speaker: Brad Hoffmann
July 12, 2020

Colossians 1:24-2:5


Brad Hoffmann

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