Criminals, Rejects, and Misfits
Colossians 4:10–11 (ESV)
10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him),
11and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
1. If you will serve the Lord, he will use you regardless of your criminal past.
· Does the testimony God’s mercy and patience toward Paul from 1 Timothy 1:12ff encourage you?
· Why do you think Paul was so committed to serving the Lord regardless of his criminal past? What can you learn from Paul’s example?
· What practical steps can a church take to encourage criminals to serve the Lord while at the same time reasonably protect the church family from being vulnerable to criminals?
2. If you will serve the Lord, he will use you regardless of your moral past.
· How can somebody weighed down by the guilt of moral failure find freedom and relief in the Gospel?
· Do you find it encouraging that your moral failures might keep you from doing certain things for God but they can never keep you from doing great things for God?
· Barnabas evidently discipled Mark from useless to Paul to useful to Paul. Whom are you discipling in the same way?
3. If you will serve the Lord, he will use you regardless of your religious past.
· In what ways might a Christian blame their religious past for their present unwillingness or inability to serve the Lord?
· According to this text, what are the great things that God intends to use his people to do?
· What great things would you like to do for God?