Summary: Firmly Rooted in Christ Col. 2: 6-7 ( NASV) This sermon was preached during the 27th Church Anniversary of Filipino Evangelical Church in Al Ain Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last 26th April, 2013.
Firmly Rooted in Christ
Col. 2: 6-7
NASV - "Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude."
1. There are people who are rooted in the area of business. Like Brother Ceasar who became the owner of Goodwill Gents Saloon. If you want your hair cut, you go to Goodwill Gents Saloon. Brother Ceasar I will charge you with that commercial.
2. Some were rooted in the area of sports. Like Manny Pacquiao who became the only boxer that to win the eight division world championship.
3. Some were rooted in the area of politics. Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd could say that he is rooted in Politics. His father was a Former Senator of the Philippines, his mother was a Former President and he is now the President who brought economic changes in the country. Once considered a sick man of Asia, but now a “ Rising Tiger of Asia” in term of economic growth.
4. Some are rooted In the field of medicine. It can be said of doctors of “Oasis Hospital that was established in 1960 by the American missionary couple Drs. Pat and Marian Kennedy.”
5.Some in the area of ministry like Pastor Joel Marquez, who had been here in Al Ain for more than a decade.
My children and my only wife can also say that I am rooted in the ministry for I had been herein the Emirates for 25 years now. I had the privilege of meeting even the pastor who started this church. It was Pastor Elmer Tandayo. I met Bro. Terry Baja the former Chairman of the Board. So probably my family could say that I am rooted in the ministry.
But the question is – Am I rooted in Christ? Or as the Theme states, “ Firmly Rooted in Christ.”
How to be firmly rooted in Christ? “Firmly Rooted In Him.”
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
To be firmly rooted in Christ…
l. We must have a Relationship with Him.
v 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life in Christ.
Think for a moment about how you received Christ as your Savior. Someone shared with you (or you read) the story of Christ’s death for your sins and that He rose from the dead. As you heard the message, your heart was illuminated and you asked Jesus to be your Lord. Romans 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. If you have not done that why don’t you tell Jesus to forgive you of your sin and ask Him to come into your heart. Receive Him as your Savior and Lord. For in Him there is …
c. Spiritual growth.
A. An exhortation concerning the Christian life.
Look first at verse 6. Notice this phrase: “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
In other words, Paul is summoning us to live a lifestyle worthy of the Lord. The term “walk” refers to living. It is a metaphor for living life. Paul is saying as you have received Him as Lord, so live in Him, or walk in Him. He is calling believers to live a life which is consistent to what they have professed. If we say that we have received Jesus Christ, then show it by the way we live.
Notice the very words that he uses to describe Jesus, to give us instructions about what it means to live in Him or walk in Him. He calls Him, “Christ Jesus the Lord.” “Christ” the Messiah, the One who has come to save His people. “Jesus” whose very name reminds us that God the Savior has come to rescue His people from sin. As “Lord” which reminds us that Jesus is not merely a good man, He is not merely an example, and He is not merely a Savior; but He is a Savior because He is Lord, He is God, He is the ruler of His people. “As you have received Christ Jesus as Lord” and that is the basic baptismal vow of the early church — Jesus is Lord. “As you have received Him as Lord, so walk in Him.” Live in a way which is consistent with what you first said when you came to Christ.