Summary: Paul - wrote this letter to let the Colossian Christians know, and to let every generation and culture since the first century, know in no uncertain terms - that Jesus Christ is enough!!!! Jesus, is ALL we will ever NEED!!! (Jesus is Enough - part 1)
"HIS Grace Is Enough!"
Jesus Is Enough Part One
Today we are going to begin a new series on the book of Colossians. We will spend the next seven Sundays digging into this book.
Question; Have you ever wondered -- IS Jesus enough?
Listen; We live in a world - much like that of the Colossian Christians. A world where a lot of people and groups - though they aren’t necessarily against Jesus - they don’t feel that Jesus is enough.
What they told the Colossian Christians and what they tell us is that we need Jesus PLUS something else: Jesus plus ‘their’ teachings (book of Mormon; Watch Tower; New age books...etc); OR THEY tell us, we need Jesus PLUS the right ritual; Jesus PLUS pagan astrology; Jesus PLUS our own effort; Jesus PLUS oriental ‘new age’ mysticism.... Jesus PLUS the American Dream.
Paul under the direct inspiration of THE Holy Spirit - wrote this letter to let the Colossian Christians know, and to let every generation and culture since the first century, know in no uncertain terms - that Jesus Christ is enough!!!! Jesus, is ALL we will ever NEED!!!
Now we need to understand; that these heresies; that these false teachings at their root, are BOTH dethroning Christ and denying his finished work on the cross and that is why they need to be stopped...
Now I think there were 2 factors that made the Colossian Christian’s particularly susceptible to these types of heresies; #1; the Colossian church was made up for the most part, gentiles who had very little background & knowledge of God and who just recently left a religion, that could best be describes as ‘blended paganism;’ and second; the Colossian Christians, were people from a small declining town (feeling unimportant) and people who feel unimportant are usually prey to teaching that promises
The theme text for this study is Col 2:10;
"YOU have been given FULLNESS In Christ, who is the Head over every power and authority..."
As Paul writes this letter he spends the first 2 chapters exalting Jesus, telling us how His grace, His Lordship, His Word is enough! And then as is customary in most of Paul’s letters, after hitting us with God’s truth - He then challenges us to put that truth into practice in our everyday lives.....
Today, we want to talk about How His grace is enough.
Colossians 1: 1-8
Have you ever watched something or heard about something and either thought to yourself or said out loud (as your bottom jaw dropped) , "THAT’S AMAZING" Things like: a gymnast or figure skater performing for the gold, Michael Jordan airing it to the basket, The space shuttle returning to earth, Someone flossing their nose, And How about computers, e-mail and fax machines, they just blow me away....
You know, there was a time when people were Amazed with things that we now take for granted, things that are not a big deal anymore.... Television, automobiles, microwaves, air conditioning, radio 8 track stereos (believe it or not)...etc.
You see the life-span of something being considered amazing is often very short lived... But there is something; that is truly Amazing... perpetually Amazing... Something that has not faded in it’s brilliance in nearly 2,000 years -- And that Something is, God’s Amazing Grace.