Prison Ministry

Colossians 1:1-8

Usually when you think of a prison ministry, you think of ministering to prisoners, but here we find that the ministry was reciprocal. Paul was refreshed and revived while he was in prison by the news he had received concerning the believers in Colosse.

As a result, God used him to write the book of Colossians. It is one of the richest of Paul's letters, and is a deep source of truth concerning Christ. It is a part of what we refer to as the 'prison epistles', because Paul wrote it while he was imprisoned in Rome.

Epaphras had brought news from Colossae that ministered to Paul. Joy filled Paul's heart over what was happening in this church. Now, what had caused Paul such joy over these believers? That is what we want to consider this evening.

I. Their Strong Faith in the Savior (vv. 1-4)

II. Their Sincere Love for All Believers (v. 4)

III. Their Sure Hope of Heaven (v 5)

Faith, Hope, and Love… Are others affected by our faith, hope, and love? Do we refresh or discourage other believers? Let's consider what can we do to minister to others every day!