READ: Colossians 4:12-14, 17 (NIV)
12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
Today, Pastor Stokes spoke out of this passage. One of the key components is in verse 12. Epaphras is a guy who - while having a cool name - is spending a lot of time in prayer. And this is what we do. Our eStudents team spends time in prayer for you. Our hope is that God will lead you to cross paths with somebody who needs Him. Our hope and prayer is that as you prepare to head back to school, spend one last day at the pool, or swing through Chipotle - you will cross paths with a friend or somebody you know and the opportunity will be present for you to share Jesus.
Everything we do comes back to this one statement: "eStudents exists so that students far from God will experience faith in Christ." This statement is adapted for eStudents based off of our church as a whole:
"Expectation Church exists so that people far from God will experience faith in Christ."
You don't get more Gospel-oriented and work-oriented than that. We have a job to do. And it's a "ministry we have received in the Lord." Our job and work is to tell people about Jesus so that they will experience faith in Christ.
We're hard at work - or at least we should be. And this is something that we all struggle with. It's awkward to do our work and talk to people about God. It's awkward sometimes to even tell people we go to church, right? You sometimes get a stare or maybe an awkward conversation change.
But the key to success here is to wrestle in prayer and stand firm. So let's start praying now to stand firm and to commit to share the Gospel.
• Who in my life is "far from God"?
• What is the work that God has me doing?
• If somebody were to vouch for me and the work I'm doing, would it be a good thing or a bad thing?