Notes on Colossians 4.7

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information, Col 4.7 NASB.

Today’s MOST Bible verse is Col 4.7. Most Bible versions prefer translating the Greek word διάκονος as “minister” rather than its general sense, “servant.” Why is that? (A few, mostly off-versions, translate it as “deacon.”) Are they tainted by a clergy mindset, since “minister” has become an official title? Or is it simpler, considering that the third noun is σύνδουλος, which most translate as “fellow(-)servant”, and the versions prefer not to translate it a slave, to avoid “servant” twice in the same phrase? NASB doesn’t have a problem with that, however. Continue reading

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Jesus washes feet (Mike Glenn)

Brothers and sisters, we have turned into another month. Our Joshua Generation characteristic for the month is Servant Attitude. Our slogan is, “Make me a servant, Lord, make me like you.”

Our text for this first JG bulletin in John 13:1-17. This is one of the most often-told events in the life of our Lord. Entire books have been written based on this text. Hundreds of sermons have been preached. Still, it is worthy of our consideration again even though we may know it by heart. I commend the following points for your consideration.

• The vital importance of service: This is the last free night of Jesus upon the earth. He knew his hour had arrived. For three years He had been training these men who followed Him. What should his final messages be on this final night? He chose three, love, unity and servanthood. All of these were actually bound up in this act of foot-washing. But it is His servanthood to which we address ourselves today. It shows compassion. It shows understanding. It shows humility. It is an extension of God’s grace. It is kindness. For all these reasons and more, Christ chose it in these final hours. Continue reading

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