October 28, 2021, 6:21 PM



Through no fault of our own, about 5 years of Sermon Seeds was               deleted from the Website of the First Baptist Church.

We decided that it was time to begin archiving them in a different way.

Please be patient as we gradually archive these outlines.



We can find our attitude towards other Christians not always what it should be because:

· Other Christians do things to hurt us.

· Other Christians do things that mess up our plans.

· Other Christians are sometimes people we don’t care for.

  • Other Christians sometimes hold varying doctrinal positions.

When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he was writing to a people that he had for the most part never met. He’d never been to Colossae. And to make matters worse, he was writing to people who were guilty of doctrinal error.

And yet, Paul was able to share that he was giving thanks for those people on a regular basis.

We will learn from Paul how to give thanks to God for others, as we realize that we can give thanks for:

(Please note that I gave background to the Book of Colossians and comments on Vss. 1-2 before preaching the outline. You will probably want to do the same if you are doing a series.)



Vs. 3 – Notice that there is no separation between prayer and thanksgiving. Paul says, “When I pray for you I thank God for you.”

Philippians 4:6 makes it obvious that prayer should always be accompanied with thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Paul says in Philippians 1:3 - I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

It should be our personal policy not to talk to God about anyone until we have thanks God for them!

There are certain marks or characteristics that generally accompany believers which we can thank God for.

· FAITH – Vs. 4

No one is going to heaven without saving faith. We mean faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.  We can be thankful when another person, no matter how cantankerous in our eyes, has made a decision to trust Christ for everlasting life.   

1 John 5:12 - He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Rejoice when you can be thankful to God that someone else is going to join you in Heaven.

· LOVE – Vs. 4

When we are saved we learn to love and appreciate other believers. We should have a reciprocal love agreement with other Christians. I am to love other Christians, and they are to love me.  I should be thankful for other believers because I love them.

John 13:34-35 - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

As I am thankful for my physical brothers and sister, I should also be thankful for my spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ.   

· HOPE – Vs. 5

Faith started it all in the past.

Love is what I operate with right now.

Hope looks forward to the future coming of our Lord and Savior.

We can be thankful that others besides ourselves have that precious hope we are looking forward to.

You and I aren’t the only ones looking forward to the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus. All Christians have this hope.

Titus 2:13 - Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 - For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The Christian who is sick, the Christian who is hurting, and the Christian that might not agree without your theology also has the same “blessed hope”.


When the Gospel is preached the Gospel bears fruit.

Not only is their fruit of souls saved, but there are the “fruits of righteousness.”  People start living Godly changed lives and we can be thankful for that.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

There is also the fruit of the Spirit that will be evident when folks are truly saved.   

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Be thankful when you hear of believers in other parts of the world.  The Gospel is still bearing fruit all over, although it is more evident in some areas than in others.


Why did the Colossians have the salvation message?

It was because of a fellow servant in Jesus Christ by the name of Epaphras.

He ministered the Gospel faithfully to the Colossians.

Christians are saved because of faithful ministers.

People are growing in Christ because of faithful ministers.

1 Timothy 5:17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Make sure that you give thanks for the “faithful ministers of Christ” whom you know.

Let’s be thankful for other Christians this week:


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