Focal passage: Colossians 1:24-2:3
In the previous session, we learned about the power of the gospel. We are reminded that the gospel centers around the person of Jesus and His mission to redeem. We still see its power at work today, as we see the lost continue to put their faith in Jesus. We see it as those who believe in Jesus are sanctified and made more like Him. The gospel has the power to transform!
The good news of Jesus is all about redemption and transformation. It is about God’s plan unfolding throughout history evidenced in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we believe the gospel, we are transformed into the image of Christ. This gospel changes us from the core of our being into those who love God and desire to serve Him. That we, who were once cut off from God because of sin, now get to be in relationship with Him really is good news! Paul notes in his letter to the Colossians that this gospel was worth his suffering.
Many have given their lives for the sake of the gospel. Many labor today to make the good news known to others. Understanding the gospel also means understanding that it is worth toiling for. The life of Christ in us gives us hope to endure as we wait for the life to come – eternity with God! We want others to know this and to share in the joy that we have.
Jesus is worth the giving of ourselves to serve Him. Laboring for the gospel is not always pleasant. This is evidenced by Paul’s own life. He suffered greatly as he sought to make Jesus known. But knowing the transforming power of the gospel that is at work gives us strength to faithfully share the good news of Jesus.