Scripture: Colossians 1: 1-14
You have this faith and love because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You previously heard about this hope through the true message, the good news, which has come to you. This message has been bearing fruit and growing among you since the day you heard and truly understood God’s grace, in the same way that it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world. (Colossians 1: 5-6)
The opening to the letter to the Colossians expresses gratitude for the faith, love, and hope possessed by the followers of Jesus there. We will look at the way they, and we, have participated in the Christ story in the past, and what our continuing growth along that trajectory looks like.