The Personal Touch
Colossians 2:1-5 I want you to know how much I agonize for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for all that have not met me personally. I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I am telling you this so that no one will deceive you with well crafted arguments. For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
Paul’s agony over evangelism is ________________ believers.
Galatians 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all.
His purpose of encouraging is for ___________ ties of love.
Galatians 5:14-15 The entire Law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
His gift of confidence is ____________________ God’s plan.
Philippians 3:7 Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
His confidence over deception is ________________ of Christ.
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whose sake I have lost all things.
Colossians 1:27-29 For God wanted them to know that the riches of glory of Christ are for you Gentiles too. And this is the secret: Christ in You, the Hope of Glory!So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
Biblically speaking the word perfect indicates _______________ or ________________ not _______________.
Philippians 3:12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
The ________ is unable to make us perfect, only by Jesus’ ____________ can we be perfect.
Hebrews 7:19 For the law never made anything perfect.
Hebrews 10:14 For by that one offering Jesus forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
1 John 4:18 God’s love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.
Since believers are already made perfect, the real goal is becoming ___________ by the obedience to ___________!
1 Peter 1:15 You must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.
1 John 4:21 Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.
Knowing God Fully
Colossians 1:19-20 For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
God has ______________ revealed Himself in Jesus.
John 14:7, 11 “If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.!”
God has ______________ a way of peace with man.
Romans 5:1 Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
What disrupts our peace with God is our ______________.
Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Knowing God is more than mastering _____________ and ______________ about Him.
Hosea 6:3, 6 Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him…I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know ME more than I want burnt offerings.
3 John 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil does not know God.