Epaphras - A Faithful Minister
Passage: Colossians 1:7–1:8
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)
2A. THE REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING (1:5-8)
1B. Because of hope, verse 5.
2B. Because of fruit, verse 6.
3B. Because of Epaphras, verses 7-8.
1C. Disciple Maker
2C. Dear Slave
3C. Dependable Minister
1D. Descriptions of Ministry
1E. MINISTRY IS SERVING
2E. MINISRY IS SERVING FAITHFULLY
2D. Demonstrations of Ministry
1E. SERVING TOGETHER
2E. SERVING IN LOVE
Following the Triumphal Entry, as Jesus would serve us by loving us to the end and going to the cross, He taught us the value of serving. John 12:26 says, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”