JESUS First In Thanksgiving: Our Reasons (Pt. 2)
Passage: Colossians 1:5–1:8
There is an overarching emphasis that flows through the entire letter. Thanksgiving is mentioned in every chapter (1:3,12; 2:7; 3:17; 4:2). Thanksgiving is the response of the Christian who sees Jesus in the accurate position of being first.
1A. THE RESPONSE OF THANKSGIVING (1:3-4)
1B. The priority of thanksgiving, verse 3a.
2B. Prayer follows thanksgiving, verse 3b.
4B. The presence of thanksgiving, verse 4.
1C. FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS
2C. LOVE FOR ALL THE SAINTS
2A. THE REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING (1:5-8)
1B. Because of hope, verse 5.
1C. The certainty of hope
2C. The stability of hope
3C. The reality of hope
2B. Because of fruit, verse 6.
1C. The result of the Gospel
2C. Their response to the Gospel
3C. The record of the Gospel