Apr 07, 2019 |Found

The Door

04.07.19 | Found

The Door

Josh Michels

Colossians 4:2-6

How do you respond to the Gospel? Does it motivate you to pray or to live out your faith in action; loving your neighbor? Josh Michels draws from Paul’s call to the Colossian church and reminds us that prayer and action are not opposites, but go hand-in-hand as our outward response to the redemption and freedom we’ve received in Christ.
Colossians 4:2-6

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Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2

 

Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience

Colossians 3:12

 

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

 

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:4-6

 

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.

Matthew 6:5-7

 

Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:8

 

God wants us to pray because prayer expresses our trust in God and is a means whereby our trust in him can increase.

– Wayne Grudem

 

At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should.

Colossians 4:3-4

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1

 

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  • The door through which sheep go in and out
  • The name of him who brings salvation to those who follow his guidance

 

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 10:7 ESV

 

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:9 ESV

 

I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me, just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. But I have other sheep that are not from this sheep pen; I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.

John 10:14-18

 

 

Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Colossians 4:5-6

 

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains

Colossians 4:2-3

 

In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

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