SERMON: Apostle Paul Prays for Power for the Church

Colossians 1:9-10 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians was at the center of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.’s sermon on Sunday August 16, titled, The Believer’s Agenda.

“Paul won more souls to Jesus Christ during the period of his life than anybody else on the face of the earth,” Bishop Blake said.

Paul prayed for knowledge of the Will of God for the relatively young church at Colossae because, “It’s important that those who are doing good to do better. Success imposes responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required,” said Bishop Blake.

Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon titled “A Believer’s Agenda” follows; please click HERE to see this entire sermon on West Angeles Video On Demand:

“There’s a great hunger and a great need for expert advice in the world today.”

“Everybody wants to give advice. Not too many people are wise enough to seek advice.”

“Abject failures are clamoring to tell us how to succeed.”

“The best advice is from the Word of the Lord. That’s why you have to read the Bible for yourself.”

“The best advice you can get is in the Bible” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The Bible is your constant counselor.”

“Don’t feel that because you’re good you’ll never be attacked. You’re the one the devil wants to hurt. You’re the one the devil wants to destroy.”

“Sometimes God stretches us. Sometimes the archer pulls the bow back until the bow seems to be on the verge of breaking. But the archer says I’ve got to put stress on this bow because [it] can catapult the arrow to the great distance.”

“Don’t cry, don’t moan, don’t groan when you’re distressed. Just let God catapult you into your future. Halleluiah!”

“Success imposes responsibility.”

“You think God blessed you just so you can look good? God blessed you because He intends to get the most out of you.”

“There are many people who will help you when you are down, but when you are succeeding…it takes a strong, secure person to be able to help you and not be envious.”

“Paul was one of the foremost apostles…He wrote most of the NT. He’s right up there behind Jesus Christ as one of the greatest men to walk the earth.”

“When something is filled, there’s not room for anything else. When we’re filled with the truth, there’s no room for error.”

“If we know the scriptures, then we will know the power of God” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The priority of so many people is confused…But it’s not our will. It’s God’s Will that we should seek.”

“Some folks have the nerve to brag about not being sanctified. If you’re not sanctified, then you’re outside the Will of God…the Bible says, ‘This is the Will of God. Even your sanctification.’”

“Wisdom and spiritual understanding come by prayer.”

“Some folk need to have some good old-fashioned common sense.”

“Dumb questions are better than dumb mistakes.”

“You need the Holy Ghost because the Holy Ghost is a teacher…Lift your hands and say, ‘Lord, I need the Holy Ghost!’”

“When you’re filled with the Spirit of God, the Lord will direct you.”

“Let Jesus lead you!”

“When you give your life to the Lord, your question ought to be, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’”

“Walk worthy of the Lord; this is the responsibility of every believer.”

“When Jesus is in your life, you should act like it! You should talk like it…You should live like it!”

“Children of the King should be royal in their behavior” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God doesn’t sponsor any flops.”

“If you want to serve God, you’ll serve people, too.”

“Doing good is more than not doing wrong.”

“God is looking for somebody who will work for Him.”

“There’s a knowledge of God that you’ll receive when you work for God, that you will not receive any other time.”

“If Jesus has power over death, He has power over everything.”

“God has everything under control.”

“If you stand for God, God will stand for you.”

“Neighbor, He’s here right now…The Lord is here!”

“Jesus gave us salvation just for the asking.”

“Power is yours. Wisdom is yours. The Holy Ghost is yours. Come on and praise Him!”

“Whatever the Lord is passing out, I want it!”

BIBLICAL REFERENCES – Colossians 1:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; James 1:5; Ephesians 5:17; John14:26 Proverbs 3:5-6; Ezra 8:23; Galatians 6:9; Luke 5:5; Acts 1:8; John 16:7; Mark 16:17; Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4, 2:39, 10:46, 19:6. Psalm 22:3.