June 25, 2023

A prayer of faith

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We all appreciate seeing the things we believe in. “Seeing is believing” is a common mantra. The disciple Thomas, in the days after Jesus was crucified, was of that camp. He said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe" (John 20:25). Thomas echoes the sentiment of many today. And yet, the preacher matter-of-factly declared that, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It is the fact of God’s invisibility that compels and even propels the faith of believers. It is faith that stretches us and grows us in advance of the day that we will, according to his promise, see him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12). The short letter of Paul to the Colossians is a primer on this matter of faith. Presenting God in all of his unseen glory, the Christian is called upon to live a life of faith in Jesus Christ. This series will take us through the letter verse-by-verse to see the various aspects of faith and their application to our daily lives.

We’re excited to welcome Leo Klus from Sojourn Church in London, a church we are helping to plant, for the next three weeks to get this series started. Come ready and eager to hear the Word on Sunday. The Lord has good things in store for us!

Series: Invisible God; Visible Faith-Paul’s letter to the Colossians
Message: 1 – A prayer of faith
Text: Colossians 1:1-14
Leo Klus
Harvest Bible Chapel
June 25, 2023

1. GOSPEL: My prayer must be grounded in the gospel (v. 4-8)

2. KNOWLEDGE: Growing in the knowledge of God is not optional for me (v. 9)

3. WALK: The way I live my life will reveal my priorities (v. 10)

4. POWER: God wants to strengthen me for his purposes (v. 11)

5. IDENTITY: My confidence to approach God is based on who he says I am (v. 12-14)