The Gospel's Good Effects
Topic: Sermons Passage: Colossians 1:1–1:14
In Chapter one, Paul begins his letter by encouraging the Colossians with the good effects that the gospel has had in their midst, based on the work of Epaphras, likely an Ephesian who traveled the short distance to Colossae to plant a church there. Their lives had been changed by the power of the gospel and Paul thanks God for their changed lives, details several components of the gospel message, and then prays for their growth in the gospel. The Colossian church was subject to false teaching, so much of Paul's teaching in this letter is to counter the bad teaching they had been hearing outside the church.