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Walking in Christ

10/21/18 - Walking in Christ - Colossians 2:6-15

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What would you think if you met a Red Sox fan who loved the Yankees? Or a pacifist who loved to shoot guns? There are certain commitments that people make in life that re-shape other commitments… and this is what the Apostle Paul is getting at in Colossians 2:6-7 when he says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

 

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Fitting into God’s Eternal Purpose

10/14/18 - Fitting into God’s Eternal Purpose - 1 Corinthians 12:4

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Teenagers growing up are always searching on how to ‘fit in’ with their peers in school. Adults do the same in the workplace and in their neighborhoods. But just how do we fit in to God’s eternal purpose? It begins with understanding that Christ is not ‘divided’… (I Cor. 1:13) The early followers of Jesus in Corinth fell into divisions because they began to look to men and not to God alone for ultimate leadership. Having multiple giftings, they had forgotten who is the ‘giver’ of the gifts and that gifts are given for the common good, given by one Spirit to glorify Christ alone.

 

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Firmness of Faith

10/7/18 - Firmness of Faith - Colossians 1:24-2:5

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What do you rejoice over? What makes you dance, perhaps the birth a child or grandchild? Perhaps the winning touch down in a close game or a homerun that clinches a playoff game; or maybe a bonus from work or getting an overdue word of appreciation? Paul rejoiced over his suffering for the gospel and the realization of seeing the Gentiles being included of what we know as the Church (Col 1:24-27 ).

The Christian is to rejoice over the gospel.

What do you labor, struggle, agonize over? Anything?

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The Supremacy of Christ

9/30/18 - The Supremacy of Christ - Colossians 1:15-23

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What holds your life together? When life is difficult, when relationships are on the brink, or work is pushing you to the limits, when your finances fall short or when your health breaks down, what is the glue for your very being? When the political landscape seems to be out of control, and world peace has the jitters, when there are threats of the polar icecaps melting or when a hurricane comes to town, is it science or the ingenuity of man that holds our world together? How about the cosmos, the stars and planets on their interstellar courses, what keeps them on track? Answer: Every bird that sings, every blade of grass, every life and breathe on planet earth and all galaxies above were created by and for Jesus and He holds all things together. If ever there was a verse that communicates the deity of Christ it would be Colossians 1:15-17 .

 

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The Faithful Crurch

9/23/18 - The Faithful Church - Colossians 1:1-14

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What risk are you willing to take? When people think about you, would you say that you are a risk taker? Faith is about risk isn’t it? We can chose faith or we can chose safety. We can opt for predictability or take a chance. Would your life be characterized as a life of faith, or, more importantly faith in what or who? Are you someone who is thought of as a person of love? Or is that one trait that really doesn’t make it to the top ten.

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Healthy Christianity

9/16/18 - Healthy Christianity  - Titus 2:1

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What you believe matters, because we all live theologically. If you say you believe in prayer, but you don’t pray (or you think of it as “the least you can do”), then you don’t actually believe in prayer… you just believe in the idea of prayer. This is why the Apostle Paul instructed both Timothy and Titus to teach “what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1 , 2 Timothy 4:1-5 ). The biblical term “sound doctrine” literally means “healthy teachings.” So it begs the question: is your understanding of Christian teachings healthy, or sick?

 

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