Bible Studies for Life lesson for July 12- Exalting the Son
June 29 2009 by Catherine Painter, Author, speaker Trinity Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passage: Colossians 1:15-23

Wayside witnessing is my favorite way to exalt Christ.

It’s fun and risk free since I’ll probably never see the prospect again.

Sometimes I plant gospel seeds; at other times I’m blessed to harvest a soul for Christ.

Jesus’ last recorded words before ascending into heaven included His command for us to share our faith (Matthew 28:19-20).

Jesus never commanded the lost to come and hear; He commanded the church to go and tell.
Recently, my husband Jack and I were in a restaurant.

We asked the waitress if we might include her in our prayer before eating. Wasting no time, she spattered us with her pain.

Wherever you and I look, we see people needing Christ. Many await an invitation to express their needs, providing us opportunity to exalt Christ.

Although we love our church, Jack and I don’t brag about it, the pastor, the music, or youth programs.

Instead, we talk about Christ.

Once unbelievers accept Christ, they’ll often choose our church.

It’s important to remain positive while discussing the church.

Christ died for it; why should we complain? Suppose a business advertised this way: “The number of our customers is dropping, and many who do come are dissatisfied with what we offer, but please take your chances and drop in. It might not do you any good, but it will please us.”

How many businesses would grow with such advertising?

Throughout Colossians 1, Paul bragged about Christ. Count the ways he exalted Jesus and the Church in verses 15-20 and know that Jesus is equally committed to you and the church where you worship.

While problems plagued the early Church, its members spread their faith, not their faults, and stormed the world for Christ.

Has Jesus changed your life? Then say so.

Review your past. Was God there?

Look around. Is He present? Yes, a negative blood test can evoke fear, but it won’t have the final word.

We needn’t fear the future, for “He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17).

Therefore, the smallest seeds we sow for Christ today will reap results, for as the adage goes, “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but who can count the apples in a seed?”

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