Contributed on Sep 11, 2006
What does God expect of His church?
The book of Colossians shows that being connected through faith to Jesus Christ has totally changed our lives: • We have a new hope. • We have a new perspective on life. • We have a new joy. • We have a new family. • We have a new way of living. AUTHOR: The apostle Paul (1:1). Timothy is ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2006
Jesus Christ is Lord, and He is love.
Read Colossians 1:15-23. I. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD (1:15-19). A. He is Lord over CREATION (vv. 15-17). 1. He is GOD in human flesh. “He is the image of the invisible God” (v. 15a). God became a man and His name was Jesus of Nazareth. The birth of Jesus fulfilled what the Lord had said ...read more
Contributed on Oct 2, 2006
Since Christ was fully devoted to us, is it too much for Him to expect full devotion from us?
In the distance I see a cross. This is not an unusual sight. Crucifixion is the Roman’s favorite method of execution. I have walked by many crucifixions at this same spot. But a larger than normal crowd has gathered to witness this cross. I wonder why so many people are interested in the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2006
If we think we can live the Christian life by following rules and forgetting about loving others, we have missed the point. The Christian life can be summed up in one word: love.
“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ” (Col. 2:16-17). Background I. God does not want you ...read more
Contributed on Oct 24, 2006
Think about what God has done for you because of your spiritual connection to Christ and then act in the Spirit’s power.
1. THINK… Think about the benefits of being spiritually connected to Christ. A. Think about what Christ has done for you in the past: “You DIED.” Christ has given you a new LIFE. Believers, at the moment of their salvation, spiritually participate in Christ’s death and resurrection. “I ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2006
God expects us to treat one another as equals, love one another, and worship with one another.
1. God expects us to view one another as EQUALS. The church at Colosse must have been a very diverse church. “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free…” (v. 11a). The distinctions that are so important to the world mean nothing in the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2006
The key to our relationships in the home is focusing on how we can give to others rather than on what we can get from others.
During the rehearsal for her wedding, a nervous bride was having a difficult time remembering all the details. Her kind pastor took her aside at the end of the rehearsal and said, “When you enter the church tomorrow, you will be walking down the same aisle you’ve walked down many times before. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 14, 2006
We can promote the gospel by our prayers, our lives, and our words.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROMOTE THE GOSPEL? Colossians 4:2-6 This passage talks about the two spiritual disciplines that Christians have the most guilt about: prayer and witnessing. Most of us struggle to faithfully pray and witness. My purpose today is not to make you feel guiltier. My purpose ...read more