Colossians Chapter 1
Study Two:  Lesson One -- "The world vs. The Lord"
Verse 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
Verse 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
Verse 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
Verse 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints--
Verse 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard  about in the word of truth, the gospel
Verse 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
Verse 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
Verse 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
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Study Two:  “What Have You Heard?”
Colossians 1:4-8

Paul reminds his friends about their roots – what they have been taught about Christ. What have you heard about the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Did you read about it, hear it in church, or see it in action? Where can we find it in today’s world? On MTV?  On Myspace or Youtube? In the halls of Congress or the White House? Where do we learn of the importance of faith in God?

Lesson One:  The world versus The Lord

"I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites."
Romans 16:17-18

We are hearing a lot of "doom and gloom" these days from 'the world.'  The world's message...communicated through the laced with words which bring us down:  recession, depression, lay-off, unemployment, foreclosure, crisis, etc.

There are media personalities who make millions spouting controversial, divisive, messages. 

Where do you get your News from?  Spend some time with the 'good News' -- the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Assignment:  Complete the following chart to list Scripture that will counter the negative messages of the world.


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