Sunday, Aug 13, 2017AM Service
Yearning for Christlikeness in Others (Part 1)
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: Colossians 1:9-10
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We are continuing our study of “Praying Like Christ” in Luke 11:1-13.  However, over the next few weeks, we will set a foundation by studying a passage in Colossians that is so rich in implications for this study that it cannot be missed. 

We will examine the “guardian ministry” that each person in the body of believers has.  If you are a professing believer of Christ and a member of His church, you should be burdened for others in the church.  Do you understand that you have a guardian ministry on behalf of others?  In our prayers we yearn for those around us to be more Christlike.  In the Body of Christ, we pray for others to produce fruit in the likeness of Christ.  And to produce fruit, we must have purposeful goals for those in the church. 

In Colossians 1:9-10, the Apostle Paul expresses his guardian ministry.  He starts by saying, “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it (their faith), we have not ceased to pray for you...”  Right there are the words of a man yearning for others.  He has affection for them.  He is urgently and continually praying for them.  He urgently desires for them to be Christlike.  Following this introduction, Paul shares with us his top goals for each member of the church as he prays for their Christlikeness.  He has two goals:

  1. That they live a Word saturated life.
  2. That they have a worthy pattern of life.

Today, we will examine what living a Word saturated life includes from Paul’s prayer.  Paul continues, “…and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”  In this short phrase, Paul is praying for three things for the achievement of the goal of living a Word saturated life:

  1. For their lives to be overflowing with the Word of Truth.
    1. He is praying that their lives would be controlled by truth and characterized by it.  Everything they would do and think would spring from a Word satirized life.
    2. He is praying for their lives to be gripped and guided by God’s Word.
  2. For them to possess transcendent knowledge – that they would know God’s will which is the actual knowledge that will transform their lives
    1. Belief is knowing God’s will and yielding your life to it.
    2. The fabric of the Great Commission at the end of Matthew’s gospel is rooted in learning about Christ and obey all that He taught.
    3. The flesh always wants its own way, but it is our reasonable service of worship to present ourselves as living and holy sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2) and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. 
    4. Experiential knowledge occurs when God empowers us, we live it out, we are tested, and we learn the will of God.
    5. This kind of knowledge is no longer words written on the pages of Scripture; this believer become rooted in the knowledge experientially as they see the promises of God’s word fulfilled as they are faithful in living it out.
  3. For them to have penetrating knowledge in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
    1. Paul’s pray encompasses his desire for each person to be grounded and directed by the principles of scripture.
    2. The principles of Scripture are then the reference point for everything in the life of a believer.
    3. As believers practice living by these principles, they make discriminating choices and wise decisions that are loyal to God’s will.
    4. Understanding is the wise practice of truth.  For the person understanding and practicing truth, is no longer knocked off track and is no longer acting as the naive fool.