"The Gospel Does Not Run Alone"
Main Idea: It is within God’s power to advance the Gospel to all the earth through, for example, the mediation of angels. He could do so in a day. But it is God’s revealed plan (Colossians 4:2-6) that He would speak through us, especially as we pray (4:2-3) and walk through the open doors that He subsequently provides (4:4-6). The Gospel does not run alone. Christians carry it. And none of us do so alone. We run together. The 12 believers (excepting 1) mentioned by name in the 4th chapter of Colossians typify for us the different kinds of men and women we need in order to carry out our mission. It is the interconnection of the many, each with unique calling, gifting and personality, that empowers our witness. Which of the 11 is God making you to be like? How can you step more fully into that calling?
Colossians 4:7-8 Tychicus The Missionary
Colossians 4:9 Onesimus The Voice of Freedom
Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus The Comforter
Colossians 4:10 Mark The Go-Getter
Colossians 4:10 Barnabas The Encourager
Colossians 4:11 Justus The Behind-the- Scenes Worker
Colossians 4:12-13 Epaphras The Prayer Warrior
Colossians 4:14 Luke The Improver
Colossians 4:14 Demas The Judas
Colossians 4:15-16 Nympha The Hospitable Hostess
Colossians 4:17 Archippus The Minister
Colossians 4:18 Paul The Apostle
Application: See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.