Sermon Passage: Colossians 1:3-5
Sermon Title: Faith Love and Hope
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Sermon Summary: As we start this series on Colossians for the next several weeks, it is really important for us to understand who Paul is writing this letter to and the specific reason that led Paul to write this letter to a christian community in Colossae that Paul has never visited himself.
Epaphras, who heard the gospel from Paul when Paul was preaching in Ephasus, brought the good news to his home down and helped establish a Christian community at Colossae but soon after, false teachers and false teaching began to infest the young congregation. they were drawn towards believers who had claimed that they had seen visions of angels and had different spiritual experiences. They claimed that these experiences, not Jesus Christ, had led them to the ultimate spiritual fulfillment.
And knowing this struggle and confusion among the congregation, Paul writes and begins his letter by reminding the community of the three pillars of Christianity: Faith, Love and Hope
Faith in Christ. we often talk about how we need to put our faith in Christ and believe in him. But Paul takes this a step further to show that Christ is the ultimate object of our Faith. Our faith, our christian life, all of it, points towards Christ. Without Christ there is no faith and we have faith only for Christ.
Love for people. As believers, our only true response to Christ is love. Love is the natural response if we truly know and believe in what God has done for us. God loved us while we were sinners and sent his Son as a sacrifice for our souls.
Hope for Inheritance. As children of God, we have an inheritance waiting for us at the end of days. it is the ultimate blessing and goal of a Christian walk. And this hope that we always have allows us, pushes us to have a stronger faith and a deeper love.
These three pillars, Paul reminds the community in Colossae, to hold unto when they are met with false teachings.