Colossians Part II - Giving Thanks (1:3-8)

Date: 6/26/2011
Type: Sunday Sermon
Price: FREE


A sign of maturity is the ability to look beyond oneself to the benefit of others, to look beyond one’s own desires and longings and passions to consider the desires of others. Paul models this attitude in the opening of his letter to the Colossians. He thanks God not for gifts that he himself had received but rather for the gifts that God had chosen to give to the Colossians. In so doing he points the way to maturity – maturity is the ability to overflow with thanksgiving for all that God has given us and all that God has given others.

Stuart W. Bryan Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.