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Summary: Worship the Lord! 1. Because Jesus is our supplier (vs. 1-11). 2. Because Jesus is supreme (vs. 15-17). 3. Because Jesus is our Savior (vs. 12-14, 18).

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Worship the Lord!

Colossians 1:1-18

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Twin Oaks Baptist Church - Sept. 14, 2015

BACKGROUND:

*As I was trying to find what the Lord wanted me to say tonight, I thought about a lot of things, but the thing that kept coming back to me was, "Worship the Lord". So I would like to ask you to open your Bibles to Colossians 1, and as we read vs. 1-18, please think about why we should worship the Lord.

MESSAGE:

*Fourteen years ago last Friday, Islamic terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. Two of those planes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers. One plowed into the Pentagon across the river from Washington D.C. And the fourth crashed nose first into a field in Pennsylvania. It had been headed toward Washington D.C. but it was stopped by brave passengers, who gave their lives to keep that plane from hitting the White House or the Capitol Building.

*Three thousand people were killed that day. But at first the news estimated that up to 50,000 people had been killed. That's because on a typical weekday 50,000 people worked in those buildings, with another 200,000 passing through as visitors. There were also 2,600 people working near the impact site at the Pentagon. Only by God's grace was the death toll 3,000. (1)

*You know, our world surely changed that day. Petty problems and frustrations were swept away by shock, grief and anger over that vicious attack. Everybody pulled together (at first anyway). We all wanted to do anything we could possibly do to help.

*Another thing I remember about those days was that the churches were full. An unusual number of people gathered in churches to pray and worship the Lord. Unfortunately, that only lasted about three or four weeks. If everybody who could and should come to church did come to church, all of God's churches would overflow every week with people worshiping the Lord.

*For that matter, we ought to worship the Lord every day! When we think about how gracious, kind and merciful, how awesome, mighty and holy our Lord is, we ought to worship the Lord Jesus Christ every day! And tonight's Scripture helps us see why.

1. First: Worship the Lord, because He is our supplier.

*In Philippians 4:19, Paul tells us Christians: "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." And here in vs. 1-11, Paul shows us some of the great things the Lord wants to supply to you and me.

[1] The first is good friends.

*The Lord wants to give us friends we can count on, faithful friends like Paul and Timothy in vs. 1. In vs. 3, our friends are eager to pray for us. Paul said: "We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you."

*Then in vs. 7, another great friend is Epaphras. Paul said the Colossians had learned the truth of the gospel from Epaphras. Now that's a good friend! I will never forget the friends who shared the gospel to me! Paul also said Epaphras was a "dear fellow servant" and "a faithful minister of Christ" on the Colossians' behalf. Plus in vs. 8, Epaphras encouraged Paul by telling him how much the Christians in Colosse loved him.


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