Colossians 1:24-29

Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.


He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

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Jesus Our Epiphany

  • How Paul Can Rejoice in Sufferings
  • Suffering can lead us and others to Christ

  • Causes of Suffering

    My sin (the only one to avoid)

    Evil Circumstances

    The Gospel


    John 8:34-36

    Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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    “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

    John 9:3-5

    Jesus Our Epiphany

    The Church (servants of Christ) Suffers for Resurrection Hope!


    “We will never be the church until we choose to take risks that can only be explained by the resurrection of the dead.”

    John Piper