Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Who Is Your Epaphras?
Last night will be etched forever in my mind.
Thirty of the hungriest women I've ever met showed up at Karen's doorstep to begin a journey through the book of Colossians. And I'm not talking physical hunger either (although I did notice some sat closer to the kitchen than others, thanks to Karen's brownies and Stephanie's cookies!)
One of my favorite parts of teaching is learning from those who attend... and if you could see the women God has brought in to this group, you would understand why I'm looking forward to this study so much.
Last night, we covered Colossians 1:1-8. Verse 4 finds Paul thanking God for the love these believers in Colossae have for all the saints. With at least 7 different churches being represented in our group, we all agreed that regardless if we agree or disagree with fellow followers of Christ, we are commanded to love with the kind of love that serves sacrificially, waits patiently and speaks truthfully. As a result of this discussion, we are going to begin an e-prayer ministry within the group. What better way to love another? At the end of the day, it always comes back to love. Period.
We closed out our time by looking at the life of Epaphras, the faithful "fellow servant" to Paul. (v.7) Not only did he take the word of truth (gospel) back to Colossae - he also discipled them. This week's "Go & Grow" challenge is to write a note, card or letter to the person they would consider their "Epaphras" - a person who has impacted their walk with Christ in a positive way, letting them know specific ways they have made a difference.
How about you? We have no idea how God might use our words to speak encouragement into the life of that man or woman. You're welcome to join us in the challenge!
Posted by Cathy Baker at 2:27 PM