Make Your Way On To Paul's List (4:7-13)
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Make Your Way On To Paul's List (4:7-13)

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What kind of person do you have to be to get a shout out from the Apostle Paul? A message from Jordan Wertz.

Yes, several months ago, Kevin, we chatted and eventually turned into email, but I think it was in person at first, and he said, Hey, I'd love to have you come and speak and some other people speak through the en during this Colossian series. I said yeah, that'd be awesome. I'm excited for it, and he said here are some dates. I think it was like you know, some October dates, and I said you, which is the best? And I said well, this one probably be the best and he gave me the passage and I was like well, Gee, thanks, you gave me that part of Colossians or the end of a lot of Paul's books or people just go okay, I'll just skip this part. He's done with his teaching and but it was great to be able to get into this past. I actually really enjoyed it because I don't think I've really done really deep study. Like I said, the end of almost all of Paul's letters he does some sort of like a laundry list of people and sometimes you can just ignore it. You might catch a few names you know like Oh, mark, I know that name or something like that, but you might go well, that's hard to pronounce. I don't want to bother with that guy or that lady, but it was a joy to be able to study this and get ready for it. But I have a question as we get started. So I need some interaction here from you guys. How many of you like facebook? No, okay, or whatever it's going to be named next week, is it's changed against name, in case you haven't heard, change some bad press just by changing their name, like a lot of companies try to do. Okay, how many like? Okay, let's say instagram. How many like instagram? I mean that facebook owns it, so it's probably pretty much the same thing. Okay. How many like old snow you know where I'm Owen, so that doesn't work. You did well. I guess you could share family photos on Youtube, but it's not really what's meant for. How many like old school photo albums? Anybody? All right, as you can see, this one is completely blank. My Wife's about to have our fifth child and we gave up on photo albums after the first child, so that was that. Wasn't a tub of baby stuff, as we're getting read by wife's to do it a couple weeks and we were. We found some old tubs of like baby toys and baby stuff that we held on to and she found this old photo album that literally has nothing in it, which is we've gone kind of fully digital. So all of our pictures are stored on, you know, computers and hard drives and flash cards and all that stuff like that. So Flash Card flush drives, you know, that's by man. Memory cards and flash drives mixed together become flash cards. Um My. Actually I get some of the bad press, I understand it, but I actually love facebook. I love not so much because, you know, there's a lot of junk on there, but actually enjoy bell see things like this, seeing you have memories. They may see that if you got facebook, you'll say, like you got memory from one year ago, two years ago, seven years ago. You see some of my friends names there and you get to look back on your life and see some really cool thing. And everybody's got, you know, maybe if you have Google photos and sends you a little at a little notification on your phone that says you've got some cool, you know, photos from and they maybe even makes a little video, a little slideshow of your pictures. But it's kind of neat to look back and say why I forgot that happened or that was a great vacation or whatever, and you look back at a picture or a post and you remember where you were at or what the circumstances surrounding that you remember...

...maybe the people in that picture, if it's a picture of other people, not like, you know, a beautiful picture of the Grand Canyon or whatever, but you remember the people that are in that picture and thinking that through. I thought of a few pictures in my life that maybe to illustrate this. Some of these are literally off of facebook. There's a picture you would never recognize. That's me in the middle. I was I'm forty one now. I was sixteen in that picture probably. And to my left, well, no, not my left, but to your left, that's my friend Nathan, and to my right that's my friend Joe, and we've been friends since a long time as we were in youth group together. This is a camp and we were we had like a competition thing. We had to dress up nice for the competition. That's why we're in ties at camp. That's not a normal thing to a tie at camp. But we actually, many years later, twenty some you yeah, about twenty years later, we recreated this picture. I didn't put it in the slideshow but it's a lot of fun. But when I look at pictures they remind me of things. If you've my friend Nathan, like I said, on your left, he's a dear friend and almost to this day, I seen a few weeks I think it's early December. It'll be ten years he had a major stroke at the age of thirty. I mean major, major stroke. He had just had his fourth child two weeks earlier. It's his child's birthday was yesterday. Their youngest ten, you just turned ten, and just the perseverance as a family that they've had. His wife, I mean, what a dear lady, just hard working and all the work she's had to put into not I mean she's not, obviously not raise your kids alone. He's able to do a lot of things, but he's still walks differently, he's still talks differently. His brain function is just different. He's still Nathan Stads, that same sense of humor, same he's extremely gifted. He was a gifted musician. He still does web programming, but he can't talk the same way used to talk. He stutters and stammers and but he's like I'm going to keep going. Man was thirty. He's got a whole lot of life ahead of him, but he just worked hard. And again I see a picture like that, instlar reminds me of memories with Nathan and this is a picture. It's told, probably a little harder to see, but I was not singing team for a year called the impact team that traveled with word of life. We are all alumni of the world of Life Bible Institute and we traveled full time for a year singing in churches, singing in Christian schools. And this is actually down in Jacksonville, Florida. One of our staff members is his front yard and we all got up in the tree for some reason, who knows why, and took a picture in our horrible outfits that were selected for us. Yeah, we had sweater vests that were tucked in. That is not a good style. But again, thinking through, I'm friends still to this day with most of these guys and the sense of like I have conversations with them on and off, not necessarily even every year, but we're still friends, we still connect. Some of these guys still work for word of life and some of them, a couple of the guys literally one of them lives here in Lancaster County and effort. One of the guys used to live in Lebanon and he moved up to Maine where his wife's families from. But just again the dear, great memories. We got missionaries here. We have you know why I'm a missionary. One of the guys up in the tree is a missionary in the check republic. He and his wife just left to go to...

...the Czech Republic a few months ago. But just thinking through my friend Andy. I actually didn't look at the picture head of time to see where indy is, and he's a kind of one of the guys in the tree. Yet third from the top of the tree. There he lost his job during covid and just again memories, great memories of seeing how our great thoughts, I guess you'd say, of seeing how his family has come together and say, okay, now how we're going to do this? How I've we lost our main source of income. How we're going to do this? Mom Steps Up, dad steps up, even his teenage daughters, preteen and preteen Dallar, stepped up. They started a jewelry business. He's obviously working a normal job too to try to make gins meet, but that was the first day. Started roasting and selling coffee. They started making jewelry, selling it at craft fares all over Florida and online, and get persevere. It's hard work. I learned lessons from these pictures, from these memories. My friend Kyle, who's all the way at the top. He's actually world of life's camp director down in Florida and also works with my part of Worldlife, local Church of ministries. kind of does dual duty, but just extremely creative, extremely just guy that has so much energy and so everybody loves being around Kyle, everybody. But it's not just fluff. I mean he's like the crazy guy that covers himself and peanut butter, doing skits and those all kinds of crazy easiness, but he's also discipler. He's someone that truly like. It's not just fluff relationships. He's really in people's lives and the people, the students, are Worldlife Bible and student in Florida that are around him a lot. They love him. He know they're calling him to like do their weddings and and do primarial counseling and stuff because he's been in their lives. Again, I learned lessons from these people. I can look back at memories and say, look at the cool things that God has done through these people around me. I can learn from them. Hopefully they can learn some things from me. We are a product of our upbringing, where a product of our biology or a product of our surroundings, things like that, but we're also a product of the people around us. We're a product of the people that surround us, that we allow ourselves to be with, to be near, and hopefully we're a positive impact in their lives. Hopefully they are a positive impact in ours. But hopefully we are surrounded by these people. Their good influenced our influences in our lives and we are aimed in the same direction. We're all trying to lead towards following and serving Christ. Again, Jesus is enough. Hopefully we're aiming ourselves towards closer relationship with God, better fellowship with God, things like that. And again we're going to look at as as Kevin kind of introduced a team of people, a group of people that were around Paul that had different impacts in his lot, in his life, that led him to the point. It's not just like some guy that was nearby. No, it's somebody. He put it down in this letter. God's word. It wasn't just a little scrap of paper kind of letter we might write to somebody or a little quick note, quick text message, a quick email. This is God's word and he included these people because they were so important. As he sat in his gail sell in Rome and wrote this letter to...

...the Colossian Church, he thought to put these people down again. That's just shows these are important and some of them, again, there might be more wellknown names. Some of them aren't. But he wanted you, he wanted us to know about them two thousand years later. So we're going to spend some time going through them and I think, think about the people you surround yourselves with before we get in the passage. What would they say about you if they wrote about you and a letter and vice versa? What would they be able or what could you write about them, the people that around you? Would they be able to write the same kind of things that Paul's writing? Good example, he doesn't really have any some of the books he does have some kind of admonition to some people in collossions. Here it's all positive, it's all good, everything he's saying about his friends and Co Laborers. Let's think about that as we go through. This sermon isn't going to kind of wrap up in a big kind of conclusion all at the end. We're going to kind of point out lessons we see throughout, things that we can put into our lives, things that we can implement to make us more like Christ and more like the kind of people that Paul would want to write about. So it starts out his first friends that we talked of, that we read about our tych kiss and in the Nessimus. Again, these are fun names. If any of you are expecting or soon to be expecting any children, you can put these down on your baby name list. Tychkis and the Nestimus, and we read about them in this is in calaustions for finary, their classes for seven to nine. I'm going to put the Bible verses up on the screen as well. Claustions for seven and nine and it says ty a kiss will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and Faithful Minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts and with him, a Nessimus are faithful and beloved brother. Who would who was one of you? They will tell you everything that has taken place here in again, in preparing this I'm kind of this is like in parentheses. I don't want this to be like a laundry list. I was in my notes. I was kind of like concerned of like is this is gonna be a lot of facts. So again I'm we're trying to implementary, interject little points of application throughout it, because I don't want to just be like here's a whole bunch of cool facts about six different guys, which is true, but it's we want to live differently because of what we've heard this or what we will here this morning. But we kind of have to know about the guys or else there's not much context here. So take a guess. Fun Name again. He was described here as a beloved brother, a Faithful Minister and a fellow servant a Lord Pan. Good things for guy like Paul to say about you, to say about him. He was the Messenger. It's believed, eaved, that he was literally the letter carrier that carried this letter from Rome, from Paul's jail cell to Colossi. I mean that again. That's important. It's not like you know an email. If it's something happens to your email, you just hit resend it, you know, hit open it up, type the email address in again or whatever,...

...or you accidentally typed the wrong letter, just fix it and send it again. Even in today's even before email, you could print the letter again or even a typewriter you can type it again. But man, that was the copy. It had to be trustworthy person to take it it. Also, if you look at the end of a Fesians, chapter six one twenty two, it even seems that he was the one that sent or carried the letter to Ephesus, the book of Ephesians. Again, trustworthy person. It says they're in these verses that he will tell the Colossians how Paul was doing, these churches that Paul was trying to encourage through through letter writing. Getting here in this context is Colossians. They wanted to know how Paul was doing. Paul was important to them. Some of these churches he helped start, some of these churches he was just encouraging or maybe it'd sent somebody like Titus or Timothy to the church to be their pastor or left behind somebody to be their pastor. He they wanted to know how he was doing. He was in prison, he was under imprisonment, they wanted to know what things were happening, what things were. So techy kists would be able to bring a first hand account of how things are. And isn't firsthand account the best you can actually, because we might filter things against Begainn of like facebook, you filter things, you you make things look as good as possibly. Don't put in the argument you had right before the family photo. You put the Nice family photo. But if somebody was right there, they could, I mean not saying Paul would purposely lie, but tychis could say it's rough or can say you know, Paul's doing really great. He could give the real deal, firsthand account. He was close enough to know the real Paul. How many people are there in your life that know the real you? And again I don't mean the filtered Instagram, Tick Tock, facebook, twitter, instagram, whatever that version of you. Know the real you. The people it could be a spouse, could be a family member, but who's close enough hopefully have some friends are close enough to know the real you, the real story. And again, flip side. Whose Life Am I in? Why am that close to them? Because that's where real relationships are talking about, connecting you to the next steps for your life. Those are people that can help you take next steps in your life, in your faith journey closer to Jesus. Who Do we have in our lives? And knows the real me? I said, I'm married, about to have our fifth child. My wife knows the real me. She's seeing the good, the bad and the ugly, and the good is probably the least percentage of the three. She knows the real my kids know the real me. Again, good, the bad and the ugly. I have three teenage daughters. They've seen mean they've seen it all because they've brought it all out of me. But that means they can call me on the carpet. They can, they can challenge me, they can tell me, dad, you shouldn't talk that way, you shouldn't act that way, the way you treated mom, the way the thing you said, or I can see that you're upset and you know he shouldn't be so visibly upset about so you should. You know, fix your heart.

They always say in those terms, but that's what they're saying. We need that. People our lives are that close to us. Move It on to the second one. kind of there's coming like three different clumps here. So the first clump was technicists in the Nestmus. So a Nestimus might be more wellknown to you. Maybe not a Nesimus, if you're familiar. Well, let me start here. It says he's one of you, verse nine, and with the nestment and with him, a Nestimus, are faithful and beloved brothers. That's a description of him. Who is one of you? It means he's from Colossi. He is one of them. He's from their town. It's, you know, one of their native sons. And but who is a Nestimus? If you're familiar, he is the subject of the book of Final Leman. If you're again it, may be familiar with that. Maybe not. He was a runaway slave. He was a slave of a man named final lyman. That's the letter was written to. Paul wrote a letter to a man named Phi Lehman about a slave named a Nestimus. I was got confused. I always thought if I Lehman was the slave and a Nessimus of the master. Doesn't really matter. But he ran away from his master. He ran he met all Paul led him to Christ. Paul shared the Gospel with them, shared the good news of Jesus with this criminal. It was a major offense to be a runaway slave, as it has been throughout history, and he led him to Christ and then encouraged him because again not this doesn't make slavery right or anything, but in this in that world, it was legal. So you need to go back, you to make things right. And he also encouraged through the letter of Phi Lehman. He encouraged Phi Lehman forgive him, welcome him back, don't punish him, treat him as not as a slave anymore, treat him as a brother in Christ. So that's all kind of side. But just so you know who he is, he was a faithful and yeah, he doesn't say and inestimus greet to this dirty, rotten slave, runaway, runaway slave. No, he says and with him, Onestimus are faithful and beloved brother. Talk about a difference from what the world would call him in their modern in their current world, to what Paul Calls Him, not a criminal, not a runaway, not whatever, but he calls him a faithful and beloved brother. A neestimus serves as an example of a couple beautiful principles that God can do great things with broken vessels, with people that are damaged, people that are hurt. I forgot to click this thing back to tychy guess example things, things we want to learn from tychy gus be close to others, and then from a Nestimus, be a purse of second chances. So He's example of that God could do great things with broken vessels and secondly, that we're we are deserving of second chances, not because of anything we've done. We're deserving of a second chance because God send his son, Jesus Christ to give us a second chance. He died in our place, so we got have a second chance to live for him and the people around us, as much as we...

...don't want to forgive them, sometimes they are also worthy of second chances. So let's give them a second chance. That's what Paul encouraged final lyman in the let in the book of Final Lyman given him as a second chance. He's different now. He's a different person than he used to be he will be worthy, he will be profitable to you, it says. So give him a second chance. So those are lessons we can learn from Tekkis and a Nessmus. In the second chunk we're going to get a few more normal names, not all of them, though. Number one is Aristarkis, and then mark or John Mark, and the guy named Jesus or justice. I read reading up on this. I read Jesus was a really common name in this early, you know this, this Roman culture, but I never thought of it that way, that like once there was the Jesus that we worship, that Jesus died in the cross for our sins. It probably got to be kind I read in the commentary, and it wasn't meant to be humors, but like it probably was kind of weird to also be named Jesus after that because, like you, you like the least famous Jesus. There's a really, really famous person with your name and there's illustrations that in the modern world, like you, that you don't want that first name anymore because that one guy got sent to prison or whatever the same first name as you. So that's why it also calls them justice. So aristarkis mark or John Mark, and then Jesus or justice. So I'm going to read about them. Verses Ten and eleven. Are Starkis, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and mark, the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions. If he comes to you, welcome him. I forgot to put the verses up there, and Jesus, who is called justice. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the Kingdom of God and they have been a comfort to me. Will pause there. Will read about a paphos in a few minutes. So these three guys are lumped together. Are Starkis, mark and Jesus or justice. So let's talk about each one of them. Are Starkis is described as being Paul's fellow prisoner. Right there at the beginning of Restin are starkis my fellow prisoner. Again, in studying these verses and looking at different commentaries and and again, a lot of these these prison epistles are related because he would be in prison in Rome and he wrote several different letters from there. So there's kind of relations, there's connections between them. It is believed this is not a hundred percent shorts. Believe that it's possible. The aristarkis was actually what we they called a voluntary prisoner. He wasn't in prison like he had done anything wrong, necessarily been accused of a crimer, I guess, a convicted of a crime, but he was there to keep Paul Company, to be an encouragement, to be a comforter. But back up a little bit. He was a Thessalonian. He companied Paul on his third missionary journey from Greece to Rome, or from and to Rome, and again, like I said, he was a voluntary prisoner, there to Provide Comfort. And don't we all need comfort sometimes? I mean even in our normal lives, like things are going okay. Maybe you're in...

...your comfy house and you you have your nice chair and your comfy bed, but you still have hard times. You still need somebody to be there for you, to comfort you. What about if you're in prison all alone? Wouldn't be helpful to have somebody there to comfort you, somebody to be there for you? Can you imagine the comfort that you would feel having a dear friend right there with you, even of their own choice, saying I want to be with you Paul. I want encourage I don't want you to to spare so I'm going to be here with you. And there are other examples. They say that Epaphras may have also done that. At the same time, when in his imprisonment in Rome, epaphras may have also been a fellow prisoners. They may have taken turns because again, they weren't required to be there. If that's all true, we don't know, but either way he was someone there to comfort Paul. And it said that he also brought a message there, because it says he greets you, he wants to talk, he he sends you agreeing he sent he wants you to know that he's out there and that he's serving God. He wasn't going ill my mind I thought he greets you in the sense of he was traveling to Colossi know he's still sitting in Rome, but he sends a greeting to the Colossian church. Next comes mark again, or John Mark. Couple things about him. He was son of Mary, a different you know there's different marriages in the Bible. Obviously he was a cousin of Barnabas. The verse says that he was a missionary companion of Paul and Barnabas. If you're familiar with the story, it's a great story. John Mark, or mark, he'd accompanied Paul and Barnabass when they returned from Jerusalem to Aniochian there's all these planning different churches traveling around. He then served as their helper during their missionary journey to Cyprus. so He's kind like the apprentice. He's not the main guy. He's traveling with these great heroes the faith, Paul and Barnabas. But after they sailed from Cyprus to Purga, he quit. John Mark said I'm done with this, and we don't know why. He could have had valid reasons. It could have been a flaky reason, we don't know. But he said I'm done here and he travels back to Jerusalem, leaves them. The reason is not given to the Bible, but it caused a rift, it caused an argument, a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas, these dear friends. Paul said, we can't try. When they were getting ready for the next trip, Barnabas says, Hey, Mike, send my cousin. Let's bring my cousin with us, and Paul's like we can't trust that guy. Remember how he flaked out on us on the last trip and Barnabas again. Second Chances. Barnabas like we should trust him, you know, and Paul said No. So it actually caused a break and Paul traveled with Silas and Barnabas traveled with his cousin, John Mark, and eventually they were reconciled. Whatever caused it, whatever in words were said, by this point the rift was reconciled. He was able to not look at Mark and say, and he didn't dig into...

...him in this book. He said and mark, the cousin of Barnabas. He includes them right with everybody else. He doesn't give any criticism. He says mark's going to send a greeting as well, and we also know Gett into's not a hundred percent sure, but most people believe that this is the same mark that wrote the gospel of Mark. The wrote the first account of the life of Christ. Mark was the first one written and he was a dear brother and he's included in several of these end of the ind of the book, into the letter lists of people. Paul was able to look at mark not as the man he had been in the past, similar to an Essimus, but as the man he was in the present. He was somebody that was dear to Paul this point of his life. We all have room to be forgiven, right. We all have done things we shouldn't have done. We also all have room to be the one do doing the forgiving. We all have room to forgive others. We all have people that probably in our lives that need to be forgiven by us, that we're kind of holding on to some sort of a the account of their sin. We want to hold onto it, we want to be the the upper person, we want to be the one to hold something over their heads. But no, he says, to forgive to have a good relationships. You can't. You wouldn't include mark in this way without some sort of dig unless you'd actually forgiven him, and Paul was able to to just list them along with everybody else and called we haven't gotten there. But at the end of verse eleven, these are my only men of the circumcision, meaning they're the only Jewish people around him at that point among my fellow workers for the Kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Mark have been a comfort to him as well as our third one, justice. It's my son's name too, but it spelled differently. or Jesus, we don't actually know much about and there really is not much in the Bible about him. He's list a few places, but very brief mentions, so not much is said about him. But he obviously was near Paul. He was somebody had a relationship, a close relationship, with Paul. But I said, as I said, all three of these aristarkis, mark and Jesus were all their Jewish believers, Jewish followers of Christ. They were fellow workers for the Kingdom of God. What again, what a great thing to say. They were right in the battle with Paul. They were people that were they didn't back away from the fight. There are people that were willing to be a very controversial person like Paul and be associated with him, be in the prison cell with him, carry letters for him, all these all these guys, not just these three, and they were also comforters for Paul. The word, the Greek word that's lists, as comforters are comforter, there is the same word bring relief to console. Somebody Hill again, being in this prison cell. He needed a relief. He need consolation and need to be consoled, and these guys did...

...that and again they sent greetings, just like others did. So some things to learn from these three. Number one is comfort those in hard times. When you have something in your life that's in a hard time, picture Paul and a prison cell. Be there, be the comforter for them, and it's related to that. Stay near the hurting, don't back away. Be close to those that are in pain. Be close to those that are in hard times. And I picture many, many years ago, a guy that I really looked up to. He's a staff member a word of I was. He's retired now, but he was my discipler for a few years I was in an internship. He was like my guy and extremely busy and extremely involved in the ministry. And one day I took him to the airport. I was often to drive his car to the airport and drive his car backs enough to park it for the his trip. And we're after I got back we got word that his newly married daughter had died in a car accident. And obviously, when you traveled back home, and we did, kind of a not a memorial but just a family gathering up near word of life up in New York and I learned something from watching other people's example. It's good to say things, it is good to you know, I'm so sorry for your loss. When you're maybe the greeting line and a funeral, that's great and if you have the right relationship with somebody you can give words of encouragement. But sometimes all they need is somebody be standing next to them, somebody to say, is there anything I can get you? Or maybe not even ask because you know what they need. They probably need a bottle of water. No matter what. If you're in that greeting line at a funeral and your shake it hands was seven hundred people and I'm going to talk for hours a time, they need a bottle of water. That might need a couple cookies to give him a little energy boost. Be near the hurting it sounds. It just involves shutting your mouth and just caring for them. Now again, it might involve talking sometimes, and it obviously meant a lot to Paul because he put it in his letter. It wasn't just something casual im it mattered. The ARISTARKIS was a fellow prisoner with him. And then, lastly, in this one, be a person of reconciliation. Forgive as much as you are forgiven by God. Extend forgiveness to others. Be Willing to look past that punk mark and the way he treated you five years ago, ten years ago. No, say look at who he is now, or look at who we could become if we bring him back into the fold, if we involve him again in our ministry or in our family or whatever. Don't do it foolishly, but be a person of forgiveness. And then lastly comes epaphrus, verse Thirty, twelve and thirteen. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Jesus, of Christ. Jesus greets you, always struggling on your behalf, and his prayers that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God, for I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Leodicia and then Hyropolis, and we're going to stop there and let Kevin Finish next week. But lastly comes...

...epaphus. Who was he? He was also collossion. That says there. He's one of you. He's called a servant of Jesus, a Servant of Christ Jesus. Again, great thing. If something going to be said about you. Let People Call You, let People Call Me, a servant of Christ Jesus, not just a nice guy, not just Nice Lady, but a servant of Christ Jesus. What did he do? Well, says a couple things. He wrestled in prayer. What a great description. He greets them. That's nothing, but always struggling on your behalf and his prayers, other translations use their get the idea of wrestling, of struggling in prayer. Not just like say a little prayer before dinner, say a little prayer before a trip, say a little prayer before somebody walks into surgery. All these are good, but wrestle, struggle, strive in prayer for others. He prayed that they would stand mature. It says they're in verse one. Was He what is he praying in verse twelve, that you may stand mature, number one and fully assured and all the will of God. He prayed that they would their faith would be strong and that they would be fully confident in what they were doing, in the will of God. They were confident. I like wishy washy. I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. He prayed that these believers would be confident in that they were serving God. And it says he worked hard in verse thirteen, for I bear and witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Leotsy and then Hierropolis. I don't even know what that means. I never found an answer. What worked hard meant work targeting a whole lot of different things, a whole lot different people, but it can't involve being lazy, it can't involve sitting around doing nothing. So whatever it was, whatever Paul was, he had seen it or heard about it and you wrote it down in this letter and send it off to the church in colossity. Whatever it was, it was something that got his attention. And he said, epaphus, he is a hard worker. He wrestles for you in prayer and for those other cities. It says they're not only those of colossity but also those in layout of sea and Hiropolis. Those are three towns, all really close to each other, the same region. He said he prays, he wrestles, he agonizes over you in prayer and he works hard. So it's pretty obvious with the two lessons are there from a paphras wrestle in prayer for people again, not just a prayerly prayer lists are great, obviously to member to remember things, but not just oh, I have a whole list and I kind of pray for them every once in all. But wrestle in prayer, agonize over people in prayer and work hard for others. Again, that that's going to be different, depending on who you are and who the person is, what kind of work hard they need and what kind of work, heart, hard work you can do. But work hard for others, not just for yourself. That's you got to provide for your family and all, but work hard for others, serving others out of love for them. Again, many, many lessons were to wrap up. I just put them all into one slide. there.

We want to make our way in the Paul's list. We want to live a life that, if there was a modern day Paul writing a modern day letter to a church that would end up in the word of God, that we be the kind of people that Paul would put at the end of our at the end of his letter, not for our own honor and glory, because it means we're serving Christ, it means we're close to Christ, it means we are loving others so think through maybe one or two or three of these areas, maybe all of them. That could be a highlight, and even pick all them, but I put some of them up on the screen. That could be a highlight for you. That could be something that's on the top of your list. Be Near people, be close to them, have strong relationships, not just casual kind of serfacy relationships, but be near people. Be Graceful to those around you. Be a forgiver, be someone that's forgiving. Be a comforter, be someone that provides comfort for others. Lastly, be a prayer warrior, not just a casual prayer, prayer, but a prayer warrior, someone who agonizes and wrestles over prayer, over people in prayers. Use Me. I'm going to wrap up in prayer. I'm going to say one last song and conclusion to this passage. Let's pray. Dear God, thank you for our time together in your word. Thank you for this again, often overlooked type of passage, but what a dear passage. Thank you that you provided this for us in your word that we can learn from. We can learn from the example of these men and see how we can serve others, love others. We have to have strong relationships again, not just casual surface relationships, but strong relationships, and that leads itself into so many other areas that we can be forgiving people. We can be a comfort to those around us if we have strong, close relationships, we can be prayer warriors to those we're in a relationship with. We can be forgiving people. All this is tied to people and it's tied to loving you and serving you. I pray thee help us to do that. You help us to love others, serve others, and we could even play a part and helping those around us take their next step and their relationship with Christ and their relationship with you. We thank you for your word, we thank you for what we've learned this morning and pray this your name. Amen.

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